The following is a list of resources, articles, and other readings on a variety of important topics of interest to help families work with their children at home.
Why should parents read to and with their children everyday?
“Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” – Marilyn Jager Adams
Resources for Parents:
When Children choose books for independent reading, they should choose books that they can read with 95% accuracy. By reading “just right” books, your child will practice all aspects of reading, including fluency and comprehension. Reading with comprehension means reading with understanding which is ultimately the goal of reading! As your child reads “just right” books, his/her ability to decode words will become even more automatic. As the child gains proficiency, he/she will enjoy what he/she is reading since it will be more meaningful.
- Choosing Just Right Books: This video informs you on how to choose “Just Right” Books for your children
- 11 Tips for How to Choose a Book (includes a downloadable bookmark)
- List of great books that promote social literacy skills.
- Bucket filler books – books that inspire positive behavior; the site also includes many printable resources to use with children at home.
How to Help Your Child Improve His or Her Writing Skills:
Great Online Tools for Helping Your Child Improve His or Her Writing Skills:
Scholastic Story Maker – K- 8 – A fun way for children to create their own imaginative stories.
Storybird– This program is a great way for creative students to express their thoughts more efficiently. It helps students create short, art-inspired stories that can be published and shared with others.
LearnZillion- Fabulous website that provides excellent step by step instructional videos in reading, writing and math. Animated and easy to follow. Grades 2 – 12