The Home Oral Language Activities (HOLA) Program: Building parent partnerships for academic success
Issue: Vol 5 No. 1 (2014)
Subject Areas: Linguistics
The Home Oral Language Activities (HOLA) Program is an interprofessional initiative that was developed at the Toronto District School Board to enhance parent-teacher partnerships. This unique story bag program encourages parents of young children to use the home language in authentic communication to help develop language concepts related to numbers and numeracy as a way to support school success. This article presents a description of the HOLA Program and its implementation with Kindergarten and Grade 1 students in two different schools. Feedback from teachers, parents, and students, in addition to an inventory analysis post-pilot is discussed. An update on the development and implementation of the program is provided.
Author: Fern Westernoff
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