| In order to encourage parents to accompany their children to read at home every day and provide ideas for parents to design reading activities at home, International Department has organized "Literature Day" event from 14:00 to 15:00 p.m. on September 29, 2019.
Jessica, fourth-grade teacher, used pictures and data to clearly compare the vocabulary accumulation and academic performance of children who insisted on reading for 1 minute, 5 minutes and 20 minutes every day after a school year. So it's important to keep reading!
Lecturer Terri Blair, Curriculum Consultant of International Department, introduced the five components of the United States National Reading Panel identified of comprehensive literacy instruction.
1.Phonemic awareness (PA)—an awareness of and the ability to manipulate the individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words;
2.Phonics (P)—the study and use of sound/spelling correspondences and syllable patterns to help students read written words;
3.Fluency (F)—reading text with sufficient speed, accuracy and expression to support comprehension;
4.Vocabulary (V)—the body of words and their meanings that students must understand to comprehend text; (the Literacy How reading model includes Morphology with Vocabulary);
5.Text comprehension (TC)— the interaction that happens between reader and text. More than
merely decoding words on a page, comprehension is the intentional thinking process that
occurs as we read — it’s what reading is all about!
Terri has advised parents a lot of practical reading and writing activities in daily life. Start small, write shopping lists, invitations, diaries, blogs, etc.
Divide into 4 groups according to different grades. Jessica, Mary and Tim did a wonderful job creating hands-on activities for parents to engage in with their children at home to support and promote literacy. We also had students at each table who served as translators for the parents and staff.
Parents talked and communicated enthusiastically. Last but not the least, Terri provided parents with abundant online resources which can be used at home.
Early literacy for Chinese children
The influence of early linguistic skills and family factors on literacy acquisition in Chinese children
Web Resources for Families
The Read-Aloud Handbook Website
Literacy Activities for Preschoolers
How to Help Your Child Choose a Book
100 Best Books for Kids
9 Family Literacy Ideas
The 44 [American] English Phonemes
Phonemic Awareness Activities for Parents