First Pamela Koutrakos delivered a systematic approach to inquiry-based, student-centered, and joyful word study in her book Word Study That Sticks. Now, in The Word Study That Sticks Companion, Koutrakos offers tools and resources to help teachers put those structures, lessons, and routines into action. Loaded with teacher-facing resources such as planning and assessment tools, and student-facing tools such as reproducible minicharts, choice checklists, and self-assessments, The Word Study That Sticks Companion includes • Ready-to-go materials that greatly minimize the time teachers spend preparing, creating, and revamping word study lessons • More than 100 student-friendly, reproducible minicharts for student notebooks that summarize the routines in each area of word study and support robust word learning • Twenty brand-new word study lessons to extend the learning throughout the year and across content areas Ideas for word study notebooks and choice charts that give students ownership of daily practice • Suggestions for replicating many routines and tools in a digital format • Customizable cycle schedules, checklists, look-fors, planning guides, record-keeping forms, and other tools that help teachers crystalize priorities, organize instruction, and adapt for all learners The routines and resources here can be used within any curriculum, as they transcend any one program, philosophy, or approach to word study. The Word Study That Sticks Companion enables consistent, authentic, and independent word study practice in K—6 classrooms. With these materials in hand, students can take charge of their learning, and teachers gain more time for differentiated instruction. Discover what’s possible when you ditch word study worksheets and workbooks once and for all!
Chapter Nine: Connecting With Caregivers
Connecting With Caregivers
Part I included information and resources for getting word study going. Part II centered around tools to foster engagement and independence. In these chapters, over 100 minicharts for each area of word learning were shared. Now, we are ready to explore additional ways to extend word learning. We all know that home-school partnering has a huge impact on student success. As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and/or cousins ourselves, we may also (from the other side of this type of relationship) recognize the value of having families feel included in what’s [Page 206]happening at school. In this chapter, advice for connecting with caregivers is provided. Additionally, there are resources for extending learning beyond the dismissal bell. Keep reading to ...