‘Very accessible - not too technical or jargon-ridden. The practical suggestions were useful too - if professionals feel inspired to promote change in their practice and policy it is helpful to have suggestions on where to start and what to do’ - Management in Education.
Few primary teachers have a chance to find out in detail what children have already learnt, and continue to learn, about literacy at home with their parents. This book gives a clear demonstration of literacy learning that takes place at home, and how it differs from, as well as relates to, literacy at school. It will help teachers to increase their understanding of this process and to build on their relationship with parents. Such understanding, the book shows, can directly enhance children's literacy performance in school.
Chapter 10: Extending Home-School Relations
Extending Home-School Relations
In this chapter we review the findings of the Elmswood study which point to the importance of home-school relations for children's literacy development. But the main thrust of the chapter is practical – what might extended home-school relations look like? To help those working in a school setting, I have devised a Matrix which allows you to look at your current practice on work with parents concerning literacy, and which gives clear guidelines for extending your practice, should you choose to do so.
What Have Home-School Relations to Offer Literacy Learning?
Work with parents is a growing area of interest and concern in schools. But many teachers have not been led to expect that work with parents would be required (Nutbrown, Hannon ...