Region 9 Education Cooperative

Readers Raise The Roof

Program Overview

“Readers Raise the Roof!” (R3) is a 90-minute workshop educators can replicate at their school to meet parent involvement goals for families of students in kindergarten through third grade. The workshop is aligned to the New Mexico Reads to Lead! initiative’s goal of reaching out to parents and families to support student learning at home.

The workshop teaches research-based activities aligned to the Common Core that families can easily do at home to support reading practice. Research indicates that time spent practicing reading outside of school hours is essential for children to become fluent readers. The activities parents learn to do are fun and engaging, making it more likely children will practice reading at home more often.

The workshop’s fun construction theme draws greater numbers of families to attend, maintains the interest of learners, and provides analogies that help parents readily grasp key reading concepts. Families are welcomed to the workshop by their children’s teachers dressed as construction workers. They are given an R3 “blueprint” to “unroll” and use as their learning guide. The workshop begins with a groundbreaking ceremony that emphasizes the importance of parent involvement on children’s reading and academic success.

During the workshop, participants “play house” by actively participating in reading activity demonstrations to successfully climb five “Ladders of Success.” Each time the group reaches the top rung of a ladder, parents reflect on what they’ve learned and individually develop another section of their “custom home reading plans.” The workshop ends with a “ribbon-cutting ceremony,” where families and educators dedicate themselves to working together for the good of students. Families are encouraged to hang their custom home reading plans when they return home as a visual prompt to follow through with their reading plans. On the back of their blueprint is the game “Two-Way Street” that families can play to review and practice R3 activities.

Learning Goals

Workshop participants will:

  • Understand the positive impact family involvement can have on student success;
  • Learn about the positive correlation between a child’s time spent practicing at home and fluent reading;
  • Learn how to set up a home environment that encourages daily reading practice;
  • Learn specific parenting skills and tutoring strategies that help children achieve the Common Core standards for reading and the language arts;
  • Learn specific practice activities they can easily do at home that target all five components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension; and
  • Apply what they learn from R3 in designing a “custom home reading plan” that specifies how parents will support their children’s reading practice at home.

Host a Readers Raise the Roof! Workshop at Your School

Ten easy steps to host your Readers Raise the Roof! workshop are included in the workshop trainer’s guide. The first step is to order your workshop materials by completing the online order form.

Each workshop box set (available in English, Spanish, and Navajo) includes the family blueprint handouts (100 quantity), trainer’s guide, toolkit DVD, and one read-aloud book, You Are What You Read, by Dr. Angela Walker. Place an order for your materials several weeks in advance to ensure timely delivery for your scheduled workshop date. Please note that it is recommended to use one blueprint per family (2–3 people). The goal is to encourage families to work together throughout the workshop segments.

Research Support for Parental Involvement in Schooling and Learning to Read

  • When parents are involved in school, children go farther in school—and the schools they attend are better.
  • Three kinds of parental involvement at home are consistently associated with higher student achievement: 1) actively organizing and monitoring a child’s time, 2) helping with, and 3) discussing school matters.
  • The earlier that parental involvement begins in a child’s educational process, the more powerful the effects.
  • A home environment that encourages learning is more important to student achievement than income, education level or cultural background.
  • Of all academic subjects, research shows reading is the most sensitive to family influence. In 1994, the College Board established a correlation between reading and a family’s support for their children’s efforts. Reading achievement is felt to be more dependent on learning activities in the home than either math or science. Moreover, success in reading appears to be the gateway to success in other academic areas as well.
  • Reading aloud to children is the most important activity that parents can engage in to help increase their child’s chance of reading success.
  • Reading experts recommend children read a minimum of 20 minutes outside of school hours every day in order to become fluent readers.
  • The availability of reading material in the home, whether owned or borrowed from the library, is directly associated with children’s achievement in reading comprehension.

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