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Sayko, Sarah – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
You and the school share responsibility for your child's language and literacy learning. Collaborate with your school to make decisions about your child's literacy education right from the start. Your child benefits when you and the school work together to support her literacy development. Working together promotes faster development and catches…
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, Literacy Education, Parent Role, Reading Skills
Sayko, Sarah; Christman, J. – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
A literacy advocate supports or speaks out for someone else's educational needs or rights in reading, writing, and language. As a family member, you know your child best. You have seen your child's literacy skills progress over time. You can embrace your role as an advocate and learn how to work together with your child's school toward common…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Advocacy, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship
Baker, Scott; Turtura, J.; Gearin, B. – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
Reading skills provide the foundation for academic success. From the beginning of school, students should be taught different ways of using language to help them learn and communicate about academic content. This brief discusses two areas of literacy development that students must learn so that they can do well in school: "foundational…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Skills, Language Skills, Alphabets
Reade, Andrea – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
Taking part in literacy experiences at home can develop your child's reading ability, comprehension, and language skills. Activities that you can engage in at home include: joint reading, drawing, singing, storytelling, reciting, game playing, and rhyming. You can tailor activities to your child's age and ability level, and can incorporate…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Language Skills
Reade, A.; Sayko, S. – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
Learning to read is difficult and does not happen naturally. It requires explicit and systematic instruction, which is especially important for struggling readers. Learning to read involves many different skills that must be taught to your child. Instruction in phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension will help your…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Developmental Stages, Reading Instruction, Reading Difficulties
Baker, S. K.; Fien, F.; Nelson, N. J.; Petscher, Y.; Sayko, S.; Turtura, J. – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
Learning to read consists of developing skills in two critical areas: (1) Reading each word in texts accurately and fluently and (2) Comprehending the meaning of texts being read. This is known as the Simple View of Reading. To read words accurately and fluently, students need strategies to read words they have never seen before in print as well…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Reading Comprehension, Reading Fluency
Sayko, S. – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
Families and educators can work together to ensure children have successful literacy experiences in and out of school. This is especially important if children have reading difficulties. Children with reading difficulties have specific instructional needs that are best addressed with a comprehensive approach to literacy development that includes…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Instruction, Reading Difficulties, Family Role