• Home Literacy

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    Home literacy and parent involvement in early literacy is directly connected to academic achievement. Children need daily practice in order to navigate successfully through beginning literacy skills. 
    Here are some strategies for beginning and seasoned readers' literacy success:
    • Point to each word on the page as you read. This beginning literacy strategy will assist children with making print/story/illustration connections. This skill also helps build a child's tracking skills from one line of text to the next one.
    • Read the title and ask your child to make a prediction. Beginning readers alike need to make predictions before reading a story. This will go a long way to ensure that a child incorporates previewing and prediction in his or her own reading practices both now and in the future.
    • Take "picture walks." Help your child use the picture clues in most early readers and picture books to tell the story before reading.
    • Model fluency while reading, and bring your own energy and excitement for reading to your child. Both new and seasoned readers struggle with varying pitch, intonation and proper fluctuations when they read aloud. Older readers will benefit from shared reading (taking turns).
    • Ask your child questions after reading every book. Reading comprehension is the reason we read -- to understand. The new Common Core Learning Standards assessing U.S. children's readiness for the workplace and college ask children at all grade levels to compare and contrast their understanding of concepts. This takes practice. Help your child explain his or her understanding of any given story in comparison to another. Have your child share a personal experience similar to a problem or theme within a story. Higher-order thinking skills (critical thinking) are skills children are expected to use in both written and oral assessments in school.
Last Modified on January 24, 2018