In this book, teacher and author Lynda Wade Sentz presents innovative strategies for involving parents in their children’s writing instruction. Elementary school teachers can use these strategies to expand writing instruction into the home and enlist parents as "writing role models" who help to reinforce classroom learning.
Designed for use in conjunction with your current writing program, these activities are engaging and enjoyable. They include the Partner Journal and the Partner Scrapbook, along with several others that enable parents and children to communicate via the written word.
According to Sentz, "Parents are the most underutilized resource in education, yet they are the most powerful tool in the teacher’s arsenal." When writing is encouraged in the home, children develop an appreciation for good writing and are increasingly motivated to write themselves. Let this book help you put your greatest asset – parents – to good use, and begin to see significant improvement in the writing of each of your students!
Introduction Purpose (a.k.a. How to Use This Book)
Roots and Wings
1. Parents, Their First Writing Teachers
My Role Models
The Heart of the Matter
In the Garden
Education is a Lifelong Process
2. Establishing Parent-Child Writing Partnerships
Connecting School and Home
Connecting Generations of Writers
No Pain, No Gain
3. Getting Parents on Your Side
Try It, You'll Like It
Factors to Keep in Mind
What Do We Do About the Students Whose Parents Won't Participate?
What Is Not an Option
4. Parent-Child Partner Journals
On the Launch Pad
Perception Becomes Reality
What They Say
See It Their Way
5. Partner Scrapbook
September (Small Moment)
6. More Ideas to Strengthen Parent Partners
Love Those Letters
7. Bells & Whistles: Additional Classroom Resources
What Else Can You Do?
Lists, Lists, and More Lists
Other Resources Worth Reviewing
Putting It All Together