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



© 2010 | 208 pages | Corwin

"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.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
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  
Opposites  
I Love Spiders!  
Sharing Stories  
Then and Now: African American History  
Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia  
What's in a Name?  
Legends  
Grandparents  
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  
Tangrams  
Numbers Make Sense  
Big Numbers  
Fractions Are Fun  
It All Adds Up!  
Adventure Backpack  
Amazing Magnets  
My Five Senses  
Weather  
Shapes and Shadows  
Sink and Float  
Shells  
Trees  
Birds  
Insects and Bugs  
The Night Sky  
 
7. Creative Arts Kits
The Music in Me  
Let's Pretend  
Dance!  
Something Beautiful  
Color My World  
Let's Get Physical  
My Crayons Talk  
Twisting and Turning  
Imagination Creations  
Jolly Junk  
Fiesta!  
Artists Everywhere!  
 
8. More Learning Activities: No Materials Required
75 Family Activities  
Family Fieldtrips  
 
9. Family Projects
Time Capsule  
Our Family Cube  
Timeline  
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  
 
Resources
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  
 
References

“This book has so many rich choices for families to work together at home. The School Home activities are categorized by academic subject and would be extremely easy for teachers or even an entire elementary school to incorporate as homework practices.”

Stephanie Malin, Instructional Coach
Beaverton School District, OR

“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

“I am going to use this book and these wonderful ideas in writing my own professional goals for next year. The research, ideas, uses, materials are all very appropriate for me as I continue to grow as an experienced teacher who is interested in getting better every year!”

Carol Forrest, Primary Teacher
Nyssa Elementary School, OR

“I loved this book. What a great resource, full of activities and directions for those activities that parents and other caretakers can easily do at home.”

Nadia Mykysey, Educator
Temple 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
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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


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