Free ideas for supporting parents with literacy


Firstly a big welcome to all the new members who have signed up to the Free Section of The Thinking Child Network this week.

I'm thrilled that the numbers are rising so quickly.
Schools are also beginning to make the decision to upgrade to full membership and all their staff are starting to enjoy full digital access to our main publications  - like the grammar pack and the outdoor materials.


Of course, the more schools to do this will enable me to write and commission a greater number of new resources in the future.


I'm off to run some workshops at a conference in Weymouth on Monday and thought I'd share a couple of the handouts - I've put them on the Free section of the TC Network.


You just need to REGISTER to find lots of other useful ideas there as well as these.

One is 20 ideas for involving parents in reading: There will no doubt be some things on this list that you are already doing but I thought it might be useful to gather some key ideas together so you can decide what's next for you and discuss as a staff the best way forward. Here's a snippet from it:



Run a ‘Bring your dad to school day’ – where reading and games are the focus for dads to participate in with their child(ren)
Run a ‘Get Caught Reading’ Competition. Children have to photograph adults (staff and parents) reading in any place or time they want. 
Make calendars of the best photos – challenge children to get a photograph of ‘Extreme Reading’ – in their holidays for example – a photo of someone reading up a mountain or on a fun fair ride etc.
Link Art to books. Read out a story without children being able to see the pictures. The competition is for the best illustration of that story
If you can, invite a local artist/ illustrator/ graphic designer to judge them.

10 minutes quickies -  these are suggestions for activities that parents can do at home - quick and fun and easy to do. It is just a list that you can add to, possibly make into postcards and 'drip' them out as homework.
Or run some mini family sessions with them?
The fact they are so 'do-able' leaves fewer parents with an excuse not to do them. Surely everyone can find 10 minutes somewhere in their day?
These short activities imply you are acknowledging that family life is busy, but inviting them to do something in a little and often way - which can have a significant impact on their children's progress.
Of course - you might want to call them something other than '10 minute quickies' - that's just my working title. Please don't judge me too harshly because of it!

Anyway - to download these pdfs just register and log in to the TC Network  - you'll find these in the Working with Parents section.

Please let me know what else you might find useful.

Sue Dixon

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