Ongoing Assessment Question 4

4. How can family literacy activities be assessed when the parents do not speak English? Family literacy provides students with a foundation for the development of school literacy skills. Many schools require parents of children in kindergarten and first and second grades to participate in family literacy activities. Public libraries can be a good source of books in different languages. In addition, wordless books can be used. It is easy to show parents how to participate in shared reading experiences with wordless books. Many larger public library systems have bilingual librarians who can work with parents to help them locate appropriate resources.

Parents and other family members can be given a simple form to complete indicating the amount of time spent with family literacy activities each night. The forms can be made up of clocks and other simple graphics.