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Parent Handbook: Reading Aloud at Home. Jessica O’Connell MAIT 404: Capstone Project May 16, 2013. Guiding Questions. How can chapter books be used in primary grade classrooms? Are they effective? How do primary grade students develop vocabulary knowledge?

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Parent handbook reading aloud at home

Parent Handbook: Reading Aloud at Home

Jessica O’Connell

MAIT 404: Capstone Project

May 16, 2013


Guiding questions
Guiding Questions

  • How can chapter books be used in primary grade classrooms? Are they effective?

  • How do primary grade students develop vocabulary knowledge?

  • How can chapter book read alouds increase vocabulary knowledge in primary grade classrooms?


Research findings
Research Findings

  • Reading aloud to children is the “single most important activity” to help children foster the knowledge needed to be successful in reading (Lacedonia, 1999).

  • Students construct meaning through the use of conversations during the read aloud process.

  • The “interactive read aloud is an important method for learning about conventions of texts that ultimately lead to independent reading” (Wiseman, 2011).

  • Vocabulary is an essential component to any balanced literacy program (Kieffer & Lesaux, 2007).


Capstone project parent handbook
Capstone Project: Parent Handbook

  • Purpose: a toolkit for parents to use as an aid in supporting their child when reading at home.


Why a parent handbook
Why a Parent Handbook?

  • Parent need

  • School organization: One teacher per grade level

  • Increase Parent-Teacher collaboration

  • Incoming Preschool students are from a Montessori class structure


Challenges of parent handbook
Challenges of Parent Handbook

  • Cost of production

  • Lack of ability to translate into other languages

  • Choice of resources/information

  • Paper resource in a “paperless” world


Next steps
Next Steps…

  • List of Sight Word Strategies

  • Information will need to be updated regularly

  • If successful, other handbooks for other subject areas can be produced

  • Revise grade level of handbook to meet the needs of my future parents (changing grade levels)


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • This project helped make me a more confident educator.

  • More articulate with the parent community.

  • Prompted me to initiate a Literacy event for next school year.



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