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Bridging School and Home Through Family Nights

Bridging School and Home Through Family Nights
Ready-to-Use Plans for Grades K-8

August 2005 | 192 pages | Corwin

"Bridging School and Home Through Family Nights is a handy book that practitioners can readily pick up and select activities, ideas, and themes for including families in the learning process. This practical book offers thirteen self-contained units full of activities, sample invitations, agendas, charts-everything a staff member needs to plan a successful event."
Susan N. Imamura, Principal
Manoa Elementary School, Honolulu, HI  

"The useful content, reader-friendly tone, and easy-to-understand style speak directly to teachers and school staff responsible for parent involvement activities. The family nights can be used as a series of yearlong family activities or school staff can pick and choose the family nights that fit their academic focus."
Michele R. Dean, Principal
Montalvo Elementary School, Ventura, CA

Improve student achievement through academically focused family nights!

Research confirms the link between family involvement and academic success. Yet, as student populations become increasingly diverse, educators face a daunting challenge in establishing close connections with families. Bridging School and Home Through Family Nights: Ready-to-Use Plans for Grades K-8 offers all the information, materials, and resources for planning and implementing events that build effective relationships. Drawing on their own experiences and extensive research, the authors include information on adapting events for special populations, issues around providing food and incentives, cost-saving ideas, and additional resources.

Each of the book's thirteen family night chapters is a self-contained unit that provides event procedures, needed materials, connections with national standards, and numerous reproducibles, including:

  • Invitations
  • Agendas
  • Sign-in sheets
  • Evaluation forms
  • Activity worksheets
  • Handouts
  • Overheads

Productive family night experiences offer an enjoyable and meaningful way for schools to reach out to families and get them involved. This book is appropriate for K-8 teachers and principals or anyone in the school or district responsible for family events.

About the Authors
1. Getting Families Involved in School Through Family Nights
2. Scrapbook Family Night: Preserving Memories in Words and Pictures
3. Books, Books, and More Books: A Reading-Focused Family Night
4. Meet Our Pets Family Night
5. A Morning of Family Fun With Math
6. Sharing Family Stories and Traditions Night
7. Game-Making/Writing Family Night for Developing Writing Skills
8. Pajama Party Family Night: A Reading Event
9. Meeting Famous People Through Biographies Family Night
10. Sharing Hobbies, Talents, and Interests Family Night
11. Poetry Family Morning
12. Making Science Fun Family Night
13. Fun With Language: A Family Night of Riddles, Jokes, and Cartoons
14. Health and Wellness Family Night
15. Next Steps: Getting the Most Out of Family Nights
Resource A: Reproducible Planning Guide
Resource B: Reproducible Sign-in Sheet
Resource C: Helpful Web Sites
Resource D: Spanish Translations of Invitations

"The authors suggest that Family Night benefits include increased parental participation, stronger partnerships, and better teaching/learning in the classroom. This book is recommended to anyone interested in improving students' academic achievement through parental involvement."

Principal Navigator, March 2007

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