School-Home Links Activities: A Compact for Reading

Juanita Johnson  |  12/18/2008 3:23:47 AM

School-Home Links

Developed by
The Partnership for Family Involvement in Education,
U.S. Department of Education
(Archived Materials)

The School-Home Links Reading Kit was developed for teachers, families and reading partners through the Compact for Reading Initiative, an activity that was developed by the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education at the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the School-Home Links Reading Kit is to encourage greater family, school and community involvement in the education of children and to improve their skills and achievements in reading and other language arts.

The School-Home Links activities that follow are available for download as PDF files. In order to read or print these files, you will need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you may download from Adobe.

The kits are organized to assist children in the following grade levels:

First Grade:
Second Grade:
Third Grade:

A Word to Families and Tutors about the Use of the School-Home Links Activities

Research tells us that when a family works with their child on schoolwork and becomes involved in their child's learning, their child is more likely to succeed academically. Whether you are a family member or a learning partner/tutor, supporting your child in his or her schoolwork can make a real difference!

The School-Home Links are intended to be family activities. Your child will need your support in completing these activities.

Remember that every child learns at his or her own speed, and most children learn within three-year developmental periods. Some children acquire the skills of a developmental period early; others will take longer and may need to work harder. This means your child may find the School-Home Links very easy, or on-grade or difficult, depending upon your child's rate of growth. Wherever your child is, when you work with your child daily on the School-Home Links and similar reading activities, you can help your child grow steadily in reading and improve important skills.

Here are some tips for working on the School-Home Links activities:

  • Start each School-Home Links activity time by reading the gray-boxed note, starting "Dear Family." This note explains to parents the purpose of the specific School-Home Links activity and the literacy skill it addresses.
  • Next, read the directions for the activity. If the directions are addressed to you, work with your child on the School-Home Links as suggested. If the directions are written to the student, read them out loud to your child, unless she/he can read them alone. Remember, the more a child practices reading, the better a reader he/she will become.

Source: U.S. Department of Education

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