Teaching Tip: Home Visits
At Back to School Night, I ask parents to let me visit them and their child at home. I let them know that I'm not coming to inspect their home, nor to check up on them. I tell them that the purpose of the home visit is to help me get better acquainted with their family so that we can work together during the school year. During the home visits, I bring three books to model reading strategies and add to the home library. Talking informally with the student and family, I learn about interests, family dynamics, and the child's environment away from school. Afterwards, the students and I create a page for our Classroom Home Visit book using photographs from their home visits. Each student shares the story with the class, and then the book becomes part of our class library.