Parent Education Activities
Parent education sessions need to be planned and should follow a similar sequence each time. The suggested sequence is listed here and is explained later in this article. Also, see Sample Parent Education Lessons for examples.
Topics may vary, but the majority of the sessions should center on the language and literacy development of children. It takes careful planning to provide opportunities for parents to learn about their child's language and literacy development, as well as opportunities for parents to discuss and gain the skills to support this development. Often, parent education sessions provide the opportunity to dispel common misconceptions regarding children's language and literacy development.
Discussing strategies or activities with parents that support their child's learning is a fundamental goal of parent education. These activities should be appropriate for the age of the child and can be done in the parent's native language. Figure III-3 provides some tips from the Reading Rockets Web site (http://www.readingrockets.org/) to share with parents.
Figure III-3: Parent Tips for Developing Language and Literacy in Children
Primary grade children:
(Adapted from National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1997.)
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