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Principle 3

Celebrating the significance of family literacies in literacy learning.

Celebrating and honoring the linguistic and culturally diverse backgrounds of families allows their local knowledge to be made visible in classrooms. This knowledge plays out across multiple literacies of visual images, music, movement, mathematical thinking, and language. When family members are invited to participate in their children’s learning, children’s engagement increases and positive relationships between families and teachers foster optimal development for children. Our teacher candidates invite children to use their native languages to develop literacy as well as to share their stories through multiple literacies. Teacher candidates and teacher educators who work in community-based education centers have many opportunities to learn with and from children and to build from the multiple literacies that are integral to the lives of families.

Family Story Backpacks
Guidelines for selecting materials
Decisions about Family Story Backpacks
A Framework for Implementing a Family Story Backpack Plan
Family Story Backpacks
Connecting families & the classroom through story
Home Visits
A critical experience for ECE students
Children's Book Search