Learning at Home, PreK–3: Homework Activities That Engage Children and Families

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Ann C. Barbour
Corwin Press, Oct 13, 2009 - Education - 208 pages
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Create a strong home-school connection through family activities that extend learning!

Packed with hundreds of engaging activities, this unique resource helps teachers plan developmentally appropriate, creative homework assignments that encourage positive learning experiences and reinforce home-school connections. Focusing on social interactions within the family, these fun, playful 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
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 What We Know About Childrens Learning
3
Chapter 2 Involving Families
13
Chapter 3 What About Homework?
19
Chapter 4 Encouraging Learning at Home
27
Chapter 5 Language and Literacy Kits
44
Chapter 6 Mathematics and Science Kits
77
Chapter 7 Creative Arts Kits
113
No Materials Required
133
Chapter 9 Family Projects
146
Resources
158
References
189
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About the author (2009)

Ann C. Barbour is professor emerita of early childhood education at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). A former preschool and elementary teacher, she has over 30 years’ experience in the field of early education. At CSULA, she teaches courses in best practices and trends and issues in early education, the role of play in learning, and school-family partnerships. She has coauthored two books: Prop Box Play: 50 Themes to Inspire Dramatic Play and Portfolio Assessment: A Handbook for Preschool and Elementary Teachers, as well as numerous articles on early childhood education.

Barbour has worked with teachers, district administrators, parent representatives, and her own students in learning-at-home projects based on materials children take home from school. She also helped develop the Peabody Award-winning television series, A Place of Our Own and Los Niņos en Su Casa, and was content advisor for each of the 325 episodes produced in English and in Spanish. These series are designed to help parents and caregivers nurture the development and enrich the learning experiences of preschool-age children. They are broadcast daily on public television stations throughout the nation.

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