IntroductionLearning to Love Literacy - A Guide For Parents is held strictly under Copyright © 2016 Shirley Fuller – all rights reserved
There are numerous activities in which parents can be participants with their children at home and in their social environment that will engage and encourage their children while complementing and supplementing the literacy learning they are doing at school.
This book has been written specifically as a practical guide for parents, grandparents and other caregivers and would be of use to classroom teachers as well. Its contents provide a current understanding of what is meant by ‘literacy’ and numerous ideas for supporting children’s literacy development in the home and social environment.
It will provide confirmation for parents, grandparents, all caregivers and teachers that they are doing great things with their children already and will provide a substantial extension to the variety and quantity of activities they can use with their children so they will be learning to love literacy.
The book has been written in a style that addresses parents and other caregivers personally in a conversational manner.
In providing current understandings of what is meant by all areas of ‘literacy’, the definition and use of appropriate and relevant vocabulary has been included so that parents will know the terms that their children are using in their classrooms.
The intent of the author is to provide numerous practical activities that can be used in the home and social environment to engage children and that will enhance their learning and encourage them to learn to love literacy.
The book contains the following 16 chapters:
1. Establishing a Literacy Environment at Home – suggestions for establishing a home environment in which reading, writing, spelling, viewing and talking and listening are supported and encouraged
2. How Does Print Work? – supporting children in their recognition of the basics concepts of print and text features
3. Mastering Phonics (the sounds of language) – activities for supporting children’s understanding of the connection between letters and sounds in our language
4. When to Read to Your Child, with Your Child or Let Him/Her Read Alone – how to determine whether books are easy, challenging or difficult and how children can access books at these three levels
5. Supporting Children’s Understanding of What They Read – explains what is meant by comprehension and provides six types of questions to ask to assist children’s understanding of what they read
6. Responding to Stories – suggested activities that children can do in response to books read at home
7. Making the Best Use of Everyday Text and ‘Junk Mail’ – supporting children to become literate and discerning citizens by understanding everyday texts from the real world
8. Creating Summaries and Overviews and Planning Using Graphic Organisers – supporting assignments and presentations through reading, skimming, scanning and capturing information using various diagrams
9. The Writing Process and Publishing – understanding the writing process ( preparing to write, drafting, revising and editing, publishing), use of a writer’s journal and contexts for writing in the home and social environment
10 Writing in a Social View of Language – helping parents to assist children with their writing tasks by understanding the current model of language, grammar and types of texts children are writing at school, with examples of these
11. Ideas for Stimulating Children’s Creative Writing – ideas for encouraging children to enjoy writing
12. Writing Essays – understanding the language of essay writing especially for secondary students
13. Some Literacy Websites – reading stories online (12 suggested websites) ; literacy games and activities online (18 suggested websites)
14. Becoming a Super Speller – understanding the four spelling knowledges; numerous games and activities to support children’s spelling development
15. Viewing as Literacy – Visual Literacy – understanding the elements of a visual image and visual design and supporting children’s ability to read visual images and create visual images
16. Speaking and Listening – speaking and listening skills; speech development; and ideas for supporting speaking and listening
About The Author - Shirley Fuller PSM
Having completed her initial teacher training at Armidale Teachers College (NSW), to become a secondary mathematics and science teacher, Shirley Fuller has enjoyed a lifelong career in education. She is passionate about improving the learning outcomes of students from preschool to Year 12 and beyond.
Her experience includes secondary mathematics, science and physical education teaching, primary teaching in all subjects, librarianship and resource centre coordination, tutoring students in mathematics at secondary level and in preparation for some university courses.
During the latter half of her career she served as an education consultant: as a curriculum consultant, literacy consultant (during the implementation of the State Literacy Strategy in NSW) and Country Areas Program (CAP) Consultant working with teachers and students and their school communities in rural and isolated schools across NSW. The focus areas with CAP included quality improvement, quality teaching and learning and quality technology within teaching and learning.
She believes strongly in providing professional development and support for teachers, parents and caregivers so they experience increasing competence and confidence in their provision of learning activities for the children in their care both in the classroom and the home and social environment.
Shirley was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2011 being awarded the Public Service Medal for extensive service to rural education for over 40 years.
Since retiring from fulltime employment with NSW Department of Education she continues to support school communities through the provision of professional learning workshops for teachers, parents and community members and has embarked on a future as an author.