Motivating Recreational Reading and Promoting Home-School Connections: Strategies from the Reading Teacher

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How can you increase children's motivation for reading outside the classroom - a sure predictor of increased reading achievement? You'll find the answers in Motivating Recreational Reading and Promoting Home-School Connections. This collection of articles presents classroom-tested ideas, resources, and activities to create motivational tools and home-school partnerships that will make literacy learning more effective and engaging for your students. The 33 articles present strategies that address a wide range of topics, including poetry, riddles in the classroom, book commercials, cooperative group rotation, classroom libraries, multiculturalism, reading workshops, peer tutoring, reading buddies and coaches, supporting parents and families, linking home and school, and community involvement. You'll also find in the appendixes a variety of resources for teachers and parents, including information on IRA parent material, U.S. reading initiatives and programs, and IRA's "Choices" booklists.

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Most educators recognize the importance of home-school connections, especially for the development of engaged and enthusiastic readers. When the home is involved, both reading achievement and children's love for reading increase. Moreover, when successful home-school connections are made and maintained, parents and teachers come to a greater appreciation and understanding of the role of the other. Making a home-school reading connection is a win-win-win situation--for readers, for parents and other family members, and for teachers.

Motivating Recreational Reading and Promoting Home-School Connections: Strategies From The Reading Teacher presents the "best of the best" classroom-tested ideas and approaches for increasing student motivation for reading and for developing and maintaining home involvement in reading. The articles in this volume have been drawn from the Teaching Reading department of The Reading Teacher from 1993-1999; this section of the journal is devoted to practical reading instruction strategies for classrooms, reading clinics, and homes. The articles have been compiled by Timothy Rasinski and Nancy Padak, editors of The Reading Teacher from 1993-1999, and their team of associate editors.

The ideas and strategies offered in Motivating Recreational Reading and Promoting Home-School Connections offer ways to make reading motivation and home involvement an integral part of your classroom reading program.

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