Learning at Home, PreK 3: Homework Activities That Engage Children and Families
Ann C. Barbour
SAGE Publications, Oct 15, 2009 - Education - 191 pages
'This book is a great resource for educators and families and is filled with practical ideas to engage everyone in the fun of learning' - Susan Stewart, Curriculum Consultant, Supervisor, Adjunct Instructor
Stark County Education Service Center, Ashland University
'Wonderful! The author has done an excellent job of providing a wealth of materials for the educator and/or parent, as well as answering some tough questions about home learning for young children' - Ken Klopack, Art and Gifted Educational Consultant, Chicago Public Schools, IL
Create a strong home-school connection through family activities that extend learning!
Because families play a critical role in helping young children develop a strong academic foundation and a love of learning, teachers need to involve caregivers as partners in education and extend learning to the home environment. Learning at Home, PreK-3 helps teachers plan developmentally appropriate, creative homework activities that encourage positive learning experiences and reinforce important home-school connections.
Packed with hundreds of engaging and interesting activities, this resource expands the concept of what constitutes homework and family involvement. Focused mainly on social interactions within the family, these playful, fun activities:
- Relate directly to children's own experiences
- Employ concrete, easily accessible materials
- Include shared reading experiences, family projects, and games
- Integrate developmental and content areas, including language and literacy, mathematics, science, and the creative arts
- Promote literacy learning in homes where English is not the primary language
These tools and strategies help teachers reach out to families and reinforce learning both in school and at home, ensuring that all students have the chance to achieve and become lifelong learners.