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Practical Parenting

Based on the 40 Developmental Assets

Sessions shared by Berkeley County Schools and created by the

Berkeley County Schools Parent & Community Partnership

Partnership includes: Berkeley County Schools, Catholic Charities, Childrens Home Society, Promise Neighborhood Initiative, RESA 8

Practical Parenting

A Note to Schools:

This resource will fulfill your Federal requirements of parent engagement. The program is all inclusive, and can be used each year. The most valued part of our program is its foundation of the 40 Developmental Assets. These assets are building blocks for our children to have better lives. Every school receiving this resource is required to train their staff on the 40 Developmental Assets prior to program implementation. A brief training video and handouts are included. 40 Developmental Assets posters are also being sent to your school to share in common Faculty locations.

By building our parents toolboxes and knowledge, we are building a better future for our children and our community. Berkeley County Schools is committed to providing concrete resources to our families and activities that will enrich their homes and lives. Parent involvement activities should be more than an invitation to visit the school. We want our parents to leave our schools equipped with tools to build a better tomorrow.


The BCS Office of Federal Programs

Practical Parenting

School Resource Checklist:

The following are contained in this resource box and

should be reused yearly:

Training Presentation for Faculty and Staff

Training Presentations for Sessions

Lessons with Master Handouts

The following will need to be refreshed yearly:

Name Tags


Books to pass out to parents (Literacy session)

Literacy activity to accompany books (Literacy session)

Hands on manipulatives (Math session)

Handouts for sessions

The following are optional ancillary materials you may want to have:



The following are necessary for a successful meeting space:

Plenty of seating and table space

Internet access

Projection Capabilities

A space for the facilitator to write and take notes

Practical Parenting SurveyTodays Date: _________________________

1. What was the title of todays session?

Discipline and Boundaries

Communicating with Your Child

Math Session

Literacy Session


2. Have you attended any other sessions like this at a Berkeley County School? Y or N

3. On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 being the worst, how would you rate your understanding of the 40 Developmental Assets BEFORE this session?






Knowledge of the assets

Ability to name the assets

Ability to identify asset strengths and weaknesses in my family

4. Please check all that apply. I found this session to be:


Helpful to me as a parent

More helpful than other activities that are more fun at the school level

Not useful


A good use of my time

Not a good use of my time

5. On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 being the worst, how would you rate your understanding of the 40 Developmental Assets AFTER this session?






Knowledge of the assets

Ability to name the assets

Ability to identify asset strengths and weaknesses in my family

6. Would you recommend this session to another parent? Y or No

7. What other parenting sessions would you be interested in?


Literacy Success for Your Child

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Name tags


40 Developmental Asset Handout

Introduction Cards

Projector and laptopvideo link queued up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OG2Q6pPQYw

Note taking sheet for session

Electronic Read aloud book---Tyron the Horrible http://www.childrensbooksforever.com/Childrenpics/TYRONE%20THE%20HORRIBLE.pdf

Books for each child for each parent to take home.

Outcomes: (Parents will be able to):

Understand the importance of regularly reading with their child.

Practice asking literacy-building questions and techniques while reading.

Develop a fun follow up literacy activity to do at home with their kids.

SMART GOALS: (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound)

Parents will commit to reading daily to each child.

Parents will commit to completing at least 2 literacy development activities at home with their children, and follow up with other activities throughout the year.

Procedures: with time allocations:

Introduce session(10 minutes) (presenters introduce themselves and explain the process followed at each session, sign-in, take pre-survey, name tags)

We are here today to talk to each other about creating academically successful and literate children. One of the most powerful things that you can do as a parent to help your child be academically successful is ensure that reading is a requirement in your home. Many times parents do not feel comfortable being actively engaged in the Reading process because they are not a teacher. Today we are going to give you tips and hints of how to be successful with this task even if you hate reading yourself or have difficulty with it. On the name tags provider, I want you to write your first name and then add the word Read if you like to read out loud, and add the word listen if you prefer to be read to. Each of our parenting sessions in this series is based on the 40 Developmental Assets. They are 40 traits that empower kids. In other words, the more of these 40 traits your child has, the more likely they are to be successful in life. Lets take a minute and look at these 40 traits together. (Pass out traits list) Take a minute and look over the list and mark the skills that you think your child already possesses. In looking at this list, we want you to know that if you do the follow up activities that you learn here, you will be helping build at least 8 of the 40 assets with your child. The more assets you build, the better future your child will have!

Icebreaker introduction game: (10 minutes) Im going to pass out a card to you---keep it to yourself and dont share it. Each participant will receive a card with a picture of popular childrens book on it and a brief and simple description of the childrens book. When the participant has their turn, they will read the blurb out loud and the first person to correctly guess the childrens book will be given a point by the presenter. (The participant with the most points at the end of the entire session wins a prize.) After reading the blurb and eliciting the correct guess the participant will introduce themselves. The Presenter will model first. (Explain process.)

Activity 1-Video and worksheet (10 minutes) Okay, lets start with our first activity!

We are going to watch a quick video on reading to our kids and why it is important and how on earth to do it. Please turn on your session sheet to the section labeled Video Clip and I want to encourage you to take notes on what you hear in the video. After the video, we are going to review what we saw and I am going to ask you to share some of your notes:

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OG2Q6pPQYw

Activity 2-Video discussion (15 minutes) (The presenter will ask the following questions and record answers on the board/chart paper)

Why is it important to read with your child?

What are the 5 steps from the video for reading with your child?

What are some of the questions you can ask when reading aloud with your child.

If your child has trouble with a word, what can you do?

Okaywe are going to move on to our next exercise---Im going to ask you to pair up with someone who has the opposite designation on their name tag. So if you wrote Read on your name tag, find someone who wrote listenand vice versa. Before you sit down with your partner, please select from one of the books available here.

Activity 3-Practice Reading Aloud (15 minutes)

Partners will sit together and practice the read aloud procedures they just saw demonstrated in the video. Presenter will walk around encouraging the process.

Activity 4-Practice Listening (15 minutes)

Great job everyone, now we are going to practice listening to a story being read-Tyron the Horrible (This is included in your electronic resources---an E copy of the book to project.) Presenter will read story out loud that adults would enjoy and direct each of the participants to ask one interrupting question, or act out one child behavior. The teacher will read, respondetc

Activity 5-Creating a literacy activity (15 minutes)

Participants will create a fun literacy activity based on the book the teacher read. Creating a turtle out of a paper plate and green tissue paper..etc.

(Each participant will be sent home with a copy of the book and a kit to make a literacy activity at home.)

Activity 6-Homework and commitment signing (10 minutes)

Presenter will review the importance of the 40 Developmental Assets and share upcoming sessions wit