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Literacy at Home  /////////////////////////////////////////////////////


Families can support with literacy development in their homes. Creating a literacy-rich home environment can help with a child's literacy success. Families can support learning by creating a home atmosphere in which reading, writing, talking, and listening are a natural part of daily life.


There are many different ways to build a better reader.


  • Be POSITIVE! A child learns best from a parent who is supportive and uncritical. Teach your child to have an "I CAN" attitude, this will help when learning proves to be difficult.
  • Unplug the TV! Spend that time reading. If your child watches television, turn on the closed caption option to develop concept of word/word identification.
  • Increase time spent reading. Dedicate at least 20 minutes daily reading.
  • Learn new ways to practice at home. Supervise homework and read books together daily.
  • Partner with the school. Communicate with your child's teacher on a consistent basis. Volunteer your time at the school. There's a strong correlation between parent involvement and academic performance.


Ways to support your child's development:


  • Books- Make a special place to store your child's books. This organization skill demonstrates the importance of books to your child.
  • Storytelling- Encourage all family members to engage in storytelling. This is a great way to share family history. This activity helps build vocabulary, understand sequencing, and recalling information.
  • Writing Notes- Reading and Writing are heavily connected. One way to encourage writing practice is to have family members leave notes for one another on a regular basis. Another way is to send each other frequent email messages. This helps to build a child's letter recognition skills and provides practice organizing thoughts and ideas.
  • Using the library- Visiting the library together is a great way to foster family literacy activities. By doing this, family members will build vocabulary, the ability to use context clues to learn new words, and enable adults to ask the child questions about the illustrations and predict what will happen next.


How to choose the RIGHT Book!


  • Step 1: Choose a book that you think will be "just right" for you child.
  • Step 2: Listen to your child read a short passage from the book.
  • Step 3: Test accuracy rate. Out of every ten words your child reads, count how many words are missed. If your child does not miss any words, the book may be too easy. If your child misses two or more words out of every ten words read, that book may be too difficult.
  • If your child misses no more than one out of every ten words read, you have successfully found a book that is "just right" for reading practice.



Here are a few websites to help you develop your child's literacy:



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