I believe every parent and teacher should be required to read The Read-Aloud Handbook: 7th Edition by Jim Trelease.
Jim explains, very clearly and with plenty of anecdotes, humor and wisdom, the importance of reading aloud to children.
A useful tool that can help you not only assess students, but communicate progress to parents is ESGI.
ESGI auto-generates personalized parent letters, in both English and Spanish, that you can use to easily show parents their child’s progress and provide them with personalized practice cards to help their child at home.
The topic of homework for young children is one that is fiercely debated in the field of early childhood education.
Some schools mandate homework for Pre-K because they think it’s going to close the achievement gap, others do it because they think parents “expect it” and still others assign homework because it’s what they’ve always done.I copy the homework calendar and the accompanying work packet for the month and hole-punch it. The monthly book record and sight word cards go in the pockets of the folders. Many parents and administrators are all for it, many teachers are against it.With just one click of a button in ESGI, you can quickly generate parent letters for each child in your class along with corresponding flash cards, specifically aligned to each child’s individual needs.Click HERE to try ESGI free for 60 days and use promo code PREKPAGES to save off your first year!The type of program you work in may also dictate the type of homework you send home, if any.My goal for homework in my own classroom is to support and encourage parents as partners in their child’s education.About 6 years ago I decided to simplify my homework program.Rather than giving weekly homework packets (mostly worksheets), I decided to try giving monthly assignments.It is my responsibility as the teacher to teach the required skills, but it is the parent’s job to help support me in my efforts.In other words, “It takes a village…” Some parents need more help and encouragement than others, it is also my job to offer that help and encouragement to those who need it.