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PK Parent Academy

Presented by

Mary Thweatt

Library Media Specialist

Patricia Garcia-Smith

Reading Specialist


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Incentive for Program

  • Parent Tots were graduating and didn’t want to quit coming to a class

  • Parents were fearful of helping their child

    • Little formal education

    • Fear of “doing it wrong”

    • Minimal English language skills


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Goals Of the Program

  • Broach language barrier

  • Provide encouragement and confidence building for parents

  • Promote/encourage parent cooperation in student learning

  • Provide instruction/modeling for parent skill support

  • Provide materials for parent/student practice at home

  • Encourage use of public library


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Program Calendar

  • September through April (2 classes/month)

  • Approx. 16 weeks (maybe 1 week each in December and March/April)

  • Class 1: Introduction of program; 3 ways to read (read pictures, read words, retell)

  • Classes 2- 15 (12): two to three classes each of the remaining target skills

  • Class 16 (13): Graduation


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Program Guidelines

  • Six Targeted Skills

    • 3 Ways to Read a Book (pictures, words, retell)

    • Phonics (relationship between letters and the sounds they represent)

    • Phonological Awareness (sensitivity to, or explicit awareness of, the phonological structure of words)

    • Vocabulary Building (meanings and pronunciation of words necessary for communication)

    • Comprehension (the ability to understand and get meaning from spoken and written language)

    • Fluency (the ability to read text quickly, accurately, and with proper expression)


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Class Format (30-45 min.)

  • Three Ways to Read parent/child practice (5 min.)

  • Rational/modeling of target skill (10 min.)

  • Parent/student practice of targeted skill w/instructor guidance (10 min.)

  • Distribution of targeted skill “take and make” materials and “little Book” (5 min.)

  • Book checkout (15 min.)


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Materials Needed

  • Books for parent/child reading as class assembles

  • Supplies for home use

  • Skill practice materials for class

  • Supplies for take and make skill practice

  • Books for home library


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Sources for Materials

  • Grants

    • Junior League

    • Target

    • Barbara Bush

  • Donations

    • School sponsors

    • Community groups


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Workbooks for Lesson Ideas

  • Scholastic Publications

    • My First Bilingual Little Readers (Levels A, B, C)

    • Picture Sorting for Phonemic awareness

  • Fiesta Publications

    • La Comunidad/The Community

    • Dinosaurios/Dinosaurs

    • La Granja/The Farm


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Books for 3 Ways to Read

  • Growing up with Tamales/Los tamales de Ana

  • A Walk with Grandpa/Un paseo con abuelo

  • Abuelita full of life/Llena de vida

  • I’m Just Like my Mom (Dad)/Me PareneoTanto A MiMamá/Papá

  • Veloces y lentos/Fast and Slow

  • Animal Poems of the Iguazú/Animalario del Iguazú


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Program Outcome

  • 50 out of 66 eligible families participated

  • Mothers, fathers, grandparents

  • 400 books checked out by students during class library time

  • 500 books checked out by parents

  • Parents and kids had a great time!!!!

  • Everyone learned!!!!



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