Family Literacy

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What is family literacy? . A literacy program that provides adults with instruction "on how to foster literacy in their children or other young relatives." The program may also provide direct literacy instruction for children and/or adults, and may involve classes where adults and children are worki

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1. Family Literacy EDEC 4320- Oral & written Language development Dr. Nganga

2. What is family literacy? A literacy program that provides adults with instruction "on how to foster literacy in their children or other young relatives." The program may also provide direct literacy instruction for children and/or adults, and may involve classes where adults and children are working together (Harris & Hodges, 1995).

3. Theory & Research Descriptions of family literacy- ( Morrow page 334-35) What are the seven descriptions? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

4. Why is family literacy important? Beginning at birth, children's experiences affect their success in becoming literate. Other reasons ( page 335).

5. Strategies to promote literacy at home What are these according to Morrow?

6. National center for family literacy A child's environment and social experience have a long-term impact on their well-being and ability to learn. There are numerous factors that support the family literacy model. It has been proven that children do better in school when parents are involved in their education. (National Center for Family Literacy 2002)

7. National center for family literacy continued Family literacy supports parents in their role as their child's first and most influential teachers A strategy designed to serve families in need by assisting parents to improve their literacy skills while helping their children succeed in school. Family literacy promotes community involvement. Family literacy improves the literacy levels of parents and eliminates employment barriers. Family literacy helps children succeed in school. Family literacy focuses on the parent-child relationship. A parent's educational attainment is one of the best predictors of a child's academic success.

8. What can teachers do to involve parents? List 6 ways suggested by Morrow on ways to involve parents What makes a family involvement literacy program successful according to Morrow? What does research say about what has been done in family literacy ( according to Morrow)

9. Multicultural perspectives of literacy development What do you know about oral & language development for minority, low-income, & their children? What do you know about ESL learners? What does Morrow say about multicultural perspectives?

10. Other readings: Owocki & Goodman Chapter 1 What is Kidwatching? Components of Kidwatching are; Building an insiders view Understanding how language & literacy develop; These involves Knowledge construction Personal & social cultural influences Organizing a rich environment for learning that in inclusive of different learning styles Interacting with the children _Observing & documenting children’s knowledge

11. Observing & documenting Ways Anecdotal records Filed notes Check lists What do you do with the data? Analyzing- giving careful attention of the data provides a rich source of information on what children know ( p. 11) Owocki). How fo you analyze the data ( p. 12) Once you are done with the analysis, share this information with parents and other teachers who will teach these children.

12. Possibilities of organizing data for analysis Use general categories: These are; Information on identity as a reader & writer Book handling information Oral reading & retelling audiotapes notes Writing samples Projects Information collected during play Document growth & development in each area Organize materials into three areas; Reading, Writing & Oral Language Use questions as a basis for analysis – p. 12.

13. What to expect & do As you do your observation/questions “ expect your questions to change as children change & develop & as your knowledge for each child develops & changes. Foster children’s self-evaluation- Why do you need to do this? P. 13

14. I know how to read; Martens chapter 1 What were the most import pieces for you and why in “ Learning to see ( Chapter 1) Accroding to Piaget- how does “our belief system” shape how we interpret the world? What does the writer od this chapter mean by saying “ I let the children teach me what they knew”? Why is it important to do this? In the story of Sarah- what are important lessons?

15. I know how to read; Martens chapter 2 What were the most import pieces for you and why in chapter 2? What is written Language? How does a literate environment nurture learning? Look again at Sarah’s story. What did she witness that helped development of literacy in her family? What is the difference between drawing & writing? At what age do children begin to differentiate the two?

16. Continued.. Environmental print- Labels Names Directs * identifies What encounters did Sarah have with environmental print. In our society where do we find these prints? Children’s lit Unlike environmental print that may change meaning, in Children's literature “the story's language and meaning remain the same” p. 14 Martens. What do you understand of the “transformative power of literature” p. 14 What opportunities did Sarah have?

17. Continued Physical characteristics- According to Martens, the physical characteristic of written language can be varied. “children face an enormous task in sorting through, understanding , and using written language.” .. The same letters can be represented in different sizes, shapes, colors, & fonts. P. 15). Children must learn the different forms to treat as the same to get the meaning. “Children learn to handle such ambiguity by experiencing written language in all its complexity- in natural, purposeful everyday use” p. 15

18. Continued Socialization Natures literacy Literacy must be woven into every day’s experiences of children. As they observe written language being used in meaningful ways- they understand what it looks like and recognizes its importance, meaning, & how it is used. Are children’s literacy experiences the same? Why? “ According to Martens “ while the specific form of written language varies with the purpose, written language's function of communicating meaning remains the same. Any questions? Read Chapter 1 Morrow- Bring three questions to lead discussions.

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