HomeFUN Activities

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·Characteristics of “homeFUN” activities:

a.are engaging and fun.

b.integrate language.

c.necessitate both parent and child involvement.

d.respect and utilize the home language.

e.allow adequate time for families to complete.

f.are introduced carefully and are used in class when they are completed.

g.provide variations based on students’ language levels.

h.are frequently planned with other teachers for development and exchange

of ideas.

·Sample “homeFUN” activities.

Assign students, with family members to:

·Make a person timeline of the student’s life.

·Make a map of family or ancestral migrations.

·Make a family tree.

·Study how family members use reading or writing; list the many ways in which a family member uses print in one day.

·Sketch bedrooms, houses, and blocks.

·Make maps of routes commonly traveled, for example, to school.

·Get a library card and learn how to use it.

·Write down an unwritten family recipe as family member prepares the dish.

·Collect family stories in a certain category--humor, superstitions, ghost stories.

·Collect funny stories about the student’s childhood.

·Study a particular aspect of parents’ childhood: work, housing, television, radio, segregation.

·Make lists and sketches of wildlife near the home in a certain category, for example, insects, mammals, birds.

·Collaborate on a cooking activity.

Excerpted from:

Enright, D. S., & McCloskey, M. L. (1988).Integrating English: Developing English language and literacy in the multilingual classroom.Reading MA.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, pp. 260-263.Reprinted with permission.