‘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 3: Home-School Relations
The way that people working in schools look at the parents' role has been changing over the years. From the idea that parents should be excluded from an educational role, there has been a move towards involving parents in educational activities promoted by schools; in particular, during the 1970s and 1980s, focused on the teaching of reading. More recently there have been some moves to recognise what parents already do, and what children have already learnt at home, in an attempt to build on this base in school.
As we saw in Chapter 2, most parents want to be involved in their children's education, and feel they have a role to play, whether or not this is acknowledged by school. Schools are increasingly ...