Readers and Families: A Dual Focus Strategy

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Essay #: 055579
Total text length is 5,203 characters (approximately 3.6 pages).

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Readers and Families: A Dual Focus Strategy
While reading is popularly considered a solitary activity, and in our classroom practice as teachers we commonly focus on developing and assessing our students’ literacy skills on an individual basis, it is critically important that we not lose sight of the larger social context in which children learn to read. There exists a general consensus in the scholarly literature that family reading values lay at the core of children’s early literacy experiences. As studies have shown, parent-child literacy activities in the home – ranging from helping young children recognize letters to working with older children in their reading assignments – can be invaluable in improving children’s literacy and...
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.....terature generally acknowledges, when families are engaged and invested in the development of children’s reading abilities, this invariably positively impacts the literacy and language skills of the child. Through the above dual-strategy, with its strong multicultural element, we can see how the community may be effectively engaged in supporting student’s language and literacy development.
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