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Family Literacy Practitioners Resources Supporting Children's Learning in the Home and in Educational Settings


Supporting Children's Learning in the Home

  • Learning and Growing Together
    http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?Page=3&TopicRelationID=463&Content=11715
      This is an interactive resource for parents about early learning and literacy. A teacher tour guide orally presents the information. Captions for what the teacher is saying are available.

  • Taking a Closer Look: A Guide to Online Resources on Family Involvement
    http://www.gse.harvard.edu/~hfrptest/content/projects/fine/resources/guide/resource_guide.pdf
      This is a resource guide that contains annotated Web links to recent (published in and after 2000) research, information, and tools about family involvement which covers resources about parenting practices to support children's learning and development, home-school relationships, parent leadership development, and collective engagement for school improvement and reform. Resource Guide sections include: Knowledge Development, Professional Development, Standards, Programs, Tools, Convening, Special Initiatives, Appendix: Resource Guide Organizations.

  • Building Strong Families
    http://unlforfamilies.unl.edu/Index.htm
      Based on research at the University of Nebraska which asked family members from all 50 states and 27 countries, "What makes your family strong?" this site provides resources to strengthen your family.

  • Book Bridges
    http://www.nald.ca/CLR/BookBridges/covers.htm
      Book Bridges is a community-based family literacy program that offers direct service to adults and indirect service to children. Patterned after an intergenerational program developed by Goldsmith and Handel (1990), which uses children's literature selections as a way of engaging students and exploring reading comprehension strategies, Book Bridges, in addition, incorporates process writing (Graves, 1983). Curriculum content is organized around themes, beginning with the reading of family stories, realistic and historic fiction, fables and folk tales, and concluding with an emphasis on informative text. In the writing workshops, participants first create biographies and then, in keeping with what they are reading, develop their own family stories.

  • Reading is Fundamental for Teachers
    http://www.rif.org/educators/
      This section is designed especially for teachers, childcare providers, librarians, and other professionals to support your efforts to help children become lifelong readers.

  • Tips for Parents to Encourage Writing
    http://www.ldonline.org/indepth/writing/parent_tips.html
      These ten tips are for children with learning difficulties but make sense for all children.

  • Colorín Colorado: A Web Site for Spanish-Speaking Parents
    http://www.colorincolorado.org
      "This resource from Reading Rockets is a bilingual Web site for Spanish-speaking parents. It provides information, activities, and advice on helping children learn to read and succeed."

  • Helping Your Child Become A Reader
    http://www.missouri-pirc.org/parent_downloads/hyc-english.pdf
      "This booklet includes activities for families with children from infancy through age 6. Most of the activities make learning experiences out of the everyday routines in which families participate."

  • Developmental Assets
    http://www.search-institute.org/assets/
      The site has useful materials for practitioners who work in all four components of family literacy. The materials are especially appropriate for programs that integrate the components.

  • KidsHealth
    http://www.kidshealth.com/
      Kid's Health is an award winning website with clear information on a variety of health related topics. Parents can find answers to questions about their own health and the health of their children. This site's jargon free information can help parents improve their health literacy and improve the health of their families.

  • Learn about Chemicals Around Your House
    http://www.epa.gov/kidshometour
      An interactive program where parents and kids can use their reading skills while they learn about home chemical safety .

  • Preschool Nutrition
    http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/preschoolnutr/quiz/pyramid.html
      Take the Food Guide Pyramid Quiz for Preschool Nutrition below to see how much you know about preschool nutritional needs. Click on any section of the pyramid to get a set of questions related to that group of foods.

  • Crayola Creativity Center
    http://crayola.com/
      Crayola's website contains coloring activities, games, arts and crafts, 1000's of coloring prints, e-cards, calendars, card creators, the color corner, as well as art lesson plans. Children can have fun while working on literacy related activities.

  • Dr. Seuss's Seussville
    http://www.seussville.com/
      The Cat in the Hat, Sam-I-Am,Horton and the Whos, and the rest of the Seuss characters welcome you to Seussville, Dr. Seuss's playground in cyberspace. You can play games, chat with the Cat in the Hat, win prizes, find out about new Dr. Seuss books and CD-ROMs, and much, much more!

    Supporting Children's Learning in Educational Settings

  • Learning and Growing Together
    http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?Page=3&TopicRelationID=463&Content=11715
      This is an interactive resource for parents about early learning and literacy. A teacher tour guide orally presents the information. Captions for what the teacher is saying are available.

  • Taking a Closer Look: A Guide to Online Resources on Family Involvement
    http://www.gse.harvard.edu/~hfrptest/content/projects/fine/resources/guide/resource_guide.pdf
      This is a resource guide that contains annotated Web links to recent (published in and after 2000) research, information, and tools about family involvement which covers resources about parenting practices to support children's learning and development, home-school relationships, parent leadership development, and collective engagement for school improvement and reform. Resource Guide sections include: Knowledge Development, Professional Development, Standards, Programs, Tools, Convening, Special Initiatives, Appendix: Resource Guide Organizations.

  • Building Strong Families
    http://unlforfamilies.unl.edu/Index.htm
      Based on research at the University of Nebraska which asked family members from all 50 states and 27 countries, "What makes your family strong?" this site provides resources to strengthen your family.

  • Reading is Fundamental for Teachers
    http://www.rif.org/educators/
      This section is designed especially for teachers, childcare providers, librarians, and other professionals to support your efforts to help children become lifelong readers.

  • Book Bridges
    http://www.nald.ca/CLR/BookBridges/covers.htm
      Book Bridges is a community-based family literacy program that offers direct service to adults and indirect service to children. Patterned after an intergenerational program developed by Goldsmith and Handel (1990), which uses children's literature selections as a way of engaging students and exploring reading comprehension strategies, Book Bridges, in addition, incorporates process writing (Graves, 1983). Curriculum content is organized around themes, beginning with the reading of family stories, realistic and historic fiction, fables and folk tales, and concluding with an emphasis on informative text. In the writing workshops, participants first create biographies and then, in keeping with what they are reading, develop their own family stories.

  • 100 Tips for Parents
    http://www.missouri-pirc.org/parent_downloads/100tips-english.pdf
      The introduction states: "These tips have been created to help you become more involved in your child’s education. As a more involved parent, you improve your child’s chances to be successful in school. For each topic, you will find suggestions for how you can obtain additional information and assistance." Topics include computers, homework, parents' rights, reading, special education, testing, violence, and more.

  • Colorín Colorado: A Web Site for Spanish-Speaking Parents
    http://www.colorincolorado.org
      "This resource from Reading Rockets is a bilingual Web site for Spanish-speaking parents. It provides information, activities, and advice on helping children learn to read and succeed."

  • Reading Rockets
    http://www.readingrockets.org/
      A project of WETA, the public broadcasting station in Washington, DC, this site provides detailed information about learning to read and strategies for supporting struggling readers at home, at school, and in the community. It offers news, practical information, expert advice, and resources for parents, teachers, tutors, child care providers, and policymakers.

  • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
    http://bensguide.gpo.gov/
      "This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities."

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