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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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