Key things to remember in setting up a literacy program with your child:
- Establish a routine. Learning to read and write are incredibly complicated skills that require different areas of the brain to work together simultaneously. In order to build and then master the appropriate building blocks necessary to become successful readers and writers, students must engage in specific activities on a daily basis.
- Listen to Reading – children listen to someone read to them and develop a love of stories and a sense of how stories are structured.
- Read to Self – reading silently allows children to develop a love of the journey a story can take them on.
- Read to Someone – reading aloud to a parent, friend or a stuffy allows children to develop their own voice and build fluency.
- Writing – write for different purposes (journal, paragraphs, stories, messages) across subject areas, any writing counts!
- Word Work – instruction or practice with spelling, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, paragraphs, etc.
- Assess your child. Teachers will need to do a minimum of a beginning of the year reading assessment and one at the end. Younger children will also need to be assessed mid-year. Knowing your child’s reading level will help you choose just-right books for independent reading and instructional books for stretching with assistance to the next level. A spelling assessment will help you choose just the right program and level for word work. Your child’s portfolio will have writing samples throughout the year for you to compare and see their progress.
- Use the District’s resources. Check out their Literacy Website here.
Popular, comprehensive, and teacher approved Home Quest Literacy Programs
Words Their Way – tactile spelling/phonics program great for word work
All About Reading and All About Spelling – seperate programs, one good for early readers and the other for word work
Adrienne Gear – accessible, comprehensible programs for inspiring deeper readers and writers
Reading Eggs/Reading Eggspress – Home Quest has free membership for families
A-Z Reading – Home Quest has free membership for families
Webster’s Academy – Online program with teacher feedback used by some of our families
Poetry in Voice – an online resource for creative poetry lessons and contests