Hi all, hope everyone is safe and doing well. How’s daylight savings time working for you? It’s definitely an adjustment for me, I was just getting used to “Springing forward.”
This is the time of year when we start to reflect on what we are grateful and thankful for in spite of everything else that’s going on right now. In my opinion, this year, of all years, I’ve evaluated my life and realized the things I thought were important were in fact minute. And it has made me focus on what was most important to me, my family. Am I being all I need to be for them? Are they getting what they need from me?
The month of November is National Family Literacy Month. There’s a strong correlation between parents and caregivers’ educational attainment and children’s educational outcome. Everyone knows that families that read and learn together thrive together. We as teachers, educators and libraries have to emphasize what important role parents play in a child’s life.
This month, I challenge you as teachers and parents to take time each day to learn at least one new thing with the students in your class and/or your own children at home. You can encourage parents to keep up with what subjects you’re teaching and discussing in class so they can do the same at home. Do you send out a monthly newsletter about what’s going on at school and in your class? You could maybe mention some ideas on simple activities to do at home every day. I would also remind parents to involve their children in some of their everyday routines such as cooking (writing what items to pick up from the store, reading the recipe, counting and measurements, talking about what needs to be done and so on.) Something so small could make a lifelong impact.
Another tip to pass along to parents would be to use the 5 practices of Every Child Ready to Read (Read Write Talk Sing Play) I shared detailed information on ECRR with you in last week’s blog. You could use one practice each day of the week which could be incorporated into a fun educational activity. I will share with you some online resources with ideas you could incorporate into your class curriculum and pass on to parents to be done at home.
Here are some wonderful resources and information on National Family Literacy Month that you can use and hopefully pass along to parents. The more we educate and include them, the more they feel obligated to continue these activities at home…because learning doesn’t just stop in the classroom.
Helpful links: https://www.familieslearning.org/resources/familiesfamily-literacy/10#nav and http://30days.familieslearning.org/
Please join me in helping families to gain essential literacy and learning skills that give them that extra push to help their children succeed in school, when they start work and in general life.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns or ideas for future blogs.
Thanks so much!