With the belief that fertile ground for a literate environment is created through lots of oral language, ancestral anecdotes, and reading a variety of genre in fiction and nonfiction, it is possible to link home and school literacy communities. This chapter describes the connection between district literacy events and functional home activities as the basis for a partnership in developing higher level thinking that transcends the classroom. At monthly get-togethers, families were encouraged to participate in the very activities that were used in the classroom as part of the district's literacy block. In helping families acquire a few basic strategies for helping their children, we, in turn, were helped in doing our jobs—teaching children to read and write. Using grant funding from federal and state programs, and live music as a universal medium for bringing people together, parents, teachers, and administrators experienced a sociocultural symbiosis of partnership and friendship.
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