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Learning at Home, PreK–3

Homework Activities That Engage Children and Families

Packed with engaging activities, this resource helps teachers plan developmentally appropriate homework assignments that encourage positive learning experiences and reinforce home-school connections.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary
  • ISBN: 9781412963282
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2009
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: October 15, 2009

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"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.

Key features

  • Children now get homework at a very young age and this hot topic revolves around what kind of homework and how much of it to give
  • Builds on the relationship that children have with their families and aims to strengthen the connection between home and school
  • Makes homework fun, creating positive experiences rather than dread
  • Based on the knowledge that involving the child's home experiences and culture are keys to more successful and positive school experiences


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Ann C. Barbour

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 Niños 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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author


1. What We Know About Children’s Learning

Learning Principles

Early Learning Practices

2. Involving Families

Family Involvement Matters

Making Connections

Why Families Don't Get Involved

Teachers' and Parents' Viewpoints and Expectations

A Multidimensional View of Family Involvement

The Importance of Home-Culture Connections

What Works

3. What About Homework?

Benefits and Drawbacks

Trends and Issues

Responding to Challenges

Promising Practices

The Bottom Line

4. Encouraging Learning at Home

What to Consider

How to Make It Happen

5. Language and Literacy Kits

Writing Suitcase

Backpack Buddies

Puppet Packet

Rhythm and Rhyme

On the Road

Friends and Neighbors

All in a Day


I Love Spiders!

Sharing Stories

Then and Now: African American History

Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia

What's in a Name?



Yum! Yum!

Fact or Fiction

6. Mathematics and Science Kits

Count Up and Count Down

Treasure Box Math

Measurement and Me

Patterns and Symmetry Everywhere

Time and Time Again


Numbers Make Sense

Big Numbers

Fractions Are Fun

It All Adds Up!

Adventure Backpack

Amazing Magnets

My Five Senses


Shapes and Shadows

Sink and Float




Insects and Bugs

The Night Sky

7. Creative Arts Kits

The Music in Me

Let's Pretend


Something Beautiful

Color My World

Let's Get Physical

My Crayons Talk

Twisting and Turning

Imagination Creations

Jolly Junk


Artists Everywhere!

8. More Learning Activities: No Materials Required

75 Family Activities

Family Fieldtrips

9. Family Projects

Time Capsule

Our Family Cube


All About Me

Family Calendar

Class Cookbook

100-Item Creation

Neighborhood Map

Here's Where I Live

Milk Carton Creations

Recycled Junk Sculpture

Word Rings

Mystery Bag

Family Decorate and Dress-Up Projects


Family Survey

Sample Family Letter 1

Sample Family Letter 2

Sample Literacy Bag Agreement

Poetry Award Cards Sample 1

Poetry Award Cards Sample 2

Neighborhood Walk Game

Making Progress Game

Road to Freedom Game

Cake Walk / Endureza la Caminata Board Game

Calendar Template

Family Recipe Form

Grand-Person or Grandparent Interview Questions

Tangram Pattern

Bar Graph Template

Bird Puzzle

Online Resources




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