1. Arrange to sit in on a parent-teacher conference. To what extent were the suggestions in this chapter followed? What do you feel might have made the parents or caregivers more comfortable?
2. Read a short story to a small group of students using either the questioning or the think-aloud activity. Do you feel sharing such an activity with parents is preferable to telling them simply to “read to your child”? Why or why not?
3. Find out if there are any family literacy programs in your area. If there are, visit a center to determine what its programs offer and how often they are used by the parents of students in your community. Share your findings with others in your class.