Parents can play an immensely important role in supporting their children's literacy learning at home, but how can primary teachers enlist the support of parents in helping children learn literacy?

With a focus on improving children's literacy skills, this book provides practical answers to key questions that are directly relevant to all primary teachers and to many parents. It presents new ways of linking learning in home and school through a range of activities that can be used to share knowledge between children, parents and teachers. Activities include:

  • teachers and children making videos to show parents how children learn literacy in school
  • parents and children taking photos of the 'everyday' literacy they use outside school
  • parents and teachers exchanging information through Home-School folders and diaries.

Particular attention is given to ways of working with parents from a diverse range of family backgrounds reflecting the multi-ethnic nature of many schools today.

The practical activities can easily be fitted into the day-to-day activities of busy classrooms and can provide crucial new ways of improving children's learning of literacy skills.

chapter Chapter 1|3 pages

Why link home and school learning?

chapter Chapter 2|18 pages

Literacy at home

chapter Chapter 3|14 pages

Literacy at school