Welcome to Literacy! My goal is to provide families and teachers with a wonderful array of resources to support and expand literacy development. I hope you find these suggestions and resources to be valuable as you watch your children grow as readers, writers, thinkers, listeners and speakers. Ultimately, I hope that all children will realize that reading brings pleasure and knowledge. Topics on this site include parent and teacher resources, book titles, and apps for children, parents and teachers.
- Reading and writing
- Listening and viewing
- Speaking and presenting
- Thinking critically, creating and innovating
Literacy Resources for Teachers and Parents :
( Annotated from The Family Literacy Project )
- Day By Day SC: Family Literacy Calendar: http://daybydaysc.org/May/16 . The following link offers fun new activities and crafts to do together both daily and monthly
- K12 Reader: Parent Tips: http://www.k12reader.com/category/parent-tips/. The following link includes many articles with tips and suggestions for parents in regards to literacy.
- Reading at Home: 10 Simple Strategies for Parents: http://www.k12reader.com/reading-at-home-simple-strategies-for-creating-strong-readers/. This article includes information on how to effectively read to children at home in a manner that will benefit their literacy development.
- KS1 Bitesize: Literacy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/ . The following link leads parents to fun worksheets that can be printed out for children to develop literacy skills (from river rhyming words to alien punctuation).
- Literacy Center Education Network: http://www.literacycenter.net/. The following link offers online activities for children to do at home to develop literacy skills.
- PBS Parents: Reading and Language: http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/reading-language/. This website includes milestones and tips to include reading and language in the home.
- “Read” Illustrations to Improve Literacy Skills: http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/reading-language/reading-tips/read-illustrations-to-improve-literacy-skills/. This article includes information on how to explore illustrations with children to help them build literacy skills.
- Reading Activities: http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/reading-language/reading-activities/. This website provides reading activities to do during a normal everyday routine that can foster literacy development.
- Puppy Readers: http://puppyreaders.com/ . This site offers animated books online that parents can sing along with their children as Perry the Puppy runs under the words.
- Reading and Language: http://www.pbs.org/parents/readinglanguage/ . This website contains information on how children develop literacy skills and how parents can help them become readers and writers every day.
- vEdutopia: What Works in Education: http://www.edutopia.org/ . The following website includes specific grade level information and activities, blogs, videos and classroom guides for teachers.
- Home-to-School Connections: Resource Roundup: http://www.edutopia.org/how-to-strengthen-parent-involvement . The following website offers tips to help get parents involved in the classroom and their student’s education.
- Home-to-School Connections Guide: http://www.edutopia.org/home-to-school-connections-resource-guide . With free registration, teachers are able to access the Home-to-School Connections guide on how to strengthen the relationship between the schools, families, and the community.
- How Important is Teaching Literacy in All Content Areas?: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/literacy-instruction-across-curriculum-importance . The following link offers information on how to get students actively thinking, writing, reading, and talking about the content being taught.
- The 3 E’s of Literacy: Strategies to Nurture A Love of Reading: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/3es-nurturing-love-reading-abbie-kopf . The following link offers information on how to aid in creating a lifelong love of reading in students.
- Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers: http://www.readingrockets.org/ . The following link includes information from how to teach reading, to fantastic children’s books and authors.
- Captioning to Support Literacy: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/35793 . This article offers information of how to use closed-captioned and subtitled television shows and movies in your classroom to help build reading skills of students of all levels of proficiency.
- Effective Practices for Homework: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/effective-practices-homework . This link includes information on how to make homework assignments as effective and productive as they can be, while benefiting all diverse students.
- In Search of Free Books: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/57 . The following article offers several programs that offer free books to schools, libraries, and community groups.
- Launching Young Readers: http://www.readingrockets.org/shows/launching#overview . Launching Young Readers was a PBS series targeting teachers and parents that explored the different phases of reading that children must go through, giving advice, and strategies to help children become better readers. This site includes all 12 episodes (each 30 minutes long.
- Literacy Centers: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/38302 . The following article includes essential information on how to effectively integrate literacy centers into your classroom.
- Literacy-Rich Environments: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/21825 . The following article offers ways to effectively create a literacy-rich environment in the classroom.
- Read Write Think: http://www.readwritethink.org/ . This website contains information on classroom resources, professional development, and videos, as well as parent and afterschool resources.
- Mobile Apps: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/mobile-apps/?popular#top-tabs. If the classroom has access to tablets, the following link has a large amount of mobile apps that could be used to help literacy development. It also has attached lesson plans that use the suggested app.
- Readers Theatre: http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/readers-theatre-a-30703.html#top . The following link includes information on how to integrate readers theatre into the classroom to provide opportunities for authentic reading. The site also has lesson plans that include readers theatre.
- Student Interactives: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/ . The following link offers a variety of interactive online tools that students can use to aid in literacy learning in the classroom.
- Supporting Students As They Read Independently: http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/supporting-students-they-read-30817.html . This site includes lesson plans and strategies to support students during independent reading.
- Top Tips for Getting Children to LOVE Reading: http://www.teachingnews.co.uk/2013/12/top-tips-getting-children-love-reading/. This article includes many tips and ideas to get students to truly enjoy reading.
Developing reading skills at home.
www.storylineonline.net This site features famous people reading children's books outloud
Literacy Guides for Parents
Parents’ Guides to Student Success: http://www.pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2910. This website includes links to parent guides in both English and Spanish.
- Parents’ Guide to Student Success-Kindergarten: http://www.pta.org/files/2012_NPTA_PG-Kindergarten.pdf. This guide provides an overview of what children will learn in kindergarten in mathematics and English language arts.
- Parents’ Guide to Student Success- 1st Grade: http://www.pta.org/files/2012_NPTA_PG-1stGrade.pdf. This guide provides an overview of what children will learn in first grade in mathematics and English language arts.
- Parents’ Guide to Student Success- 2nd Grade: http://www.pta.org/files/2012_NPTA_PG-2ndGrade.pdf. This guide provides an overview of what children will learn in second grade in mathematics and English language arts.
- Parents’ Guide to Student Success- 3rd Grade: http://www.pta.org/files/2012_NPTA_PG-3rdGrade.pdf. This guide provides an overview of what children will learn in third grade in mathematics and English language arts.
- Parents’ Guide to Student Success- 4th Grade: http://www.pta.org/files/2012_NPTA_PG-4thGrade.pdf. This guide provides an overview of what children will learn in fourth grade in mathematics and English language arts.
- Parents’ Guide to Student Success- 5th Grade: http://www.pta.org/files/2012_NPTA_PG-5thGrade.pdf. This guide provides an overview of what children will learn in fifth grade in mathematics and English language arts.
- Parents’ Guide to Student Success- 6th Grade: http://www.pta.org/files/2012_NPTA_PG-6thGrade.pdf. This guide provides an overview of what children will learn in sixth grade in mathematics and English language arts.
- Parents’ Guide to Student Success- 7th Grade: http://www.pta.org/files/2012_NPTA_PG-7thGrade.pdf. This guide provides an overview of what children will learn in seventh grade in mathematics and English language arts.
- Parents’ Guide to Student Success- 8th grade: http://www.pta.org/files/2012_NPTA_PG-8thGrade.pdf. This guide provides an overview of what children will learn in eighth grade in mathematics and English language arts.
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