1. Invite parents in person whenever you
Organize hands-on teaching opportunities for the
parents that put them in their child’s shoes (such as a spelling test for the
parents with rarely used, intricate words).
Plan to do some teaching during curriculum
Hold information sessions if possible.
Be well prepared for student-led conferences or
report card meetings to share student strengths, goals, and how they can help.
2. Provide educational handouts
Add a tip or strategy to your weekly homework
Send out a monthly newsletter with literacy
ideas, strategies, and games. Find
customizable newsletter templates on-line such as those at:
If time prevents you from sending things on a
regular basis, send a handout home once a term.
3. Let your homework teach parents indirectly
Think about the work you are sending home and
the message it gives parents about your philosophy of learning.
Find ways to make homework match your
See Homework Connection.
4. Plan class events / celebrations
Bring parents into the classroom with their
children to share successes in an informal way.
Use that time to model how you support students
and to highlight your beliefs about how children learn to read and write.
See Literacy Celebrations.
Love of Literacy
Parents as Partners
Parents are their child’s first teacher. Once their children start school, parents often
aren't sure how to support them at home. While we, the teachers, are responsible for
instilling most of the academic instruction, we need to learn to share our role,
rather than take it over. Our students
will be most successful if parents and teachers are on the same page. Here are some suggestions for regularly
providing parents with knowledge to help their children grow into strong,
independent readers and writers.
Nevertheless, no school
can work well for children
if parents and
teachers do not act in partnership on behalf of the children's
Dorothy H. Cohen