Literacy at Home

Dear Family,

This page can give you resources and tools to use at home, it is intended to be useful, beneficial and fun for you and your child.  My hope is that this page will be easy to use if you are looking for ways to support your child's reading.  Sometimes the options listed here might not be the best or most effective strategy for your child.  All students learn differently, and if these options are not working please contact me so we can review alternate solutions.  I am more than willing to assist you in anything that will help your child be successful at school.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.  

Thank you for your support of literacy at home.


Maren Studlien


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Kathi Macklis, our literacy specialist at Carlisle Public Schools created a literacy webpage to serve as resource tools for both parent and teacher supports.  This webpage can also be found on the Carlisle Public Schools website by clicking on Reading Supports for Parents under the For Parents tab.  

This site provides families and teachers with a wonderful array of resources to support and expand literacy development.  Topics on this site include parent and teacher resources, book titles, and apps for children, parents and teachers.  Please visit her page for current and effective literary resources annotated from the Family Literacy Project, that will support your childrens growth as readers, writers, thinkers, listeners and speakers.  




1. Get to know your child's learning style.  Visual, auditory and/or tactile.  

2. Use the Shared Reading Technique.  
Here is a video tutorial that will teach you strategies to use when reading at home with your child. The video offers techniques that are best for students struggling with reading rate, reading accuracy, and reading fluency.


3.  The Gleason Library is a wonderful resource and within walking distance of our school.   The Gleason library has a number of books on audio available that can be listened to while following along with the text.  

4. Internet Reading Resources
The links below will take you to some websites that offer leveled texts which can be read online.  Your child can click on a word being read to them, and the computer will tell them the word. (free)
This site is interactive, and even has accommodating games and worksheets that go along with the stories being read! There are a lot of other free games and texts for most primary reading levels. 
Depending on your child's current reading level, I recommend starting at The Learn to Read page, and have your child play the games and complete the free printable worksheets that go along with each story.  You can even print the stories so your child can make their own mini-book to read to friends and family at home.
Learning A-Z is an education technology company dedicated to expanding literacy through thoughtfully designed resources.
  • Raz-Kids allows students to practice reading skills at their individual level. Students will increase to higher reading levels as they complete a variety of reading tasks. Students work to earn points to use in a variety of games included on the site. 
Oxford Owl is an award-winning website to help support children’s learning, both at home and at school.  This site has resources for parents, and helpful information about both reading and math.  They also have a large selection of  free e-books on a variety of reading levels. A reader can choose to listen to the text, read along with the audio text, or read it on their own first and then check their reading with the audio. There are also online activities that go along with some of the books.