Your child may be reading
simple text, but he can understand more complex stories. The stories
you share will challenge her with ideas and vocabulary that will
build comprehension skills and background knowledge. It's OK to read a favorite book over and over again.
Select books from a variety of genres and topics including:
non-fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction, poetry, fantasy, and
biography. There are many resources which recommend books by age level. One of my favorite sites is Reading Rockets. Enjoy the video interviews with authors and illustrators.
Literacy Lava is erupting with great tips for parents, and suggestions for literacy activities to share with kids. If you enjoy discovering new ways to incorporate reading, writing and creating into everyday life...If you think you'd like a little lava to read with your java...
Remember to monitor your child when he is working on the web -- for every great site there are many which are inappropriate for children.
You can also visit websites with your child. Field Trip Earth - Just the Facts is one of thousands which includes content for children. Just the Facts includes a set of articles about animals designed especially for emerging readers. Articles include stunning pictures and some have video clips.
Don't Forget Audio Books
Add audio books to your child's library. Research tells us that listening to recorded books improves fluency, expands vocabulary, activates prior knowledge, develops comprehension, and increases motivation to interact with books.
Audiobooks are especially inviting to emerging readers whose skills haven't caught up with their interests.
Visit StorylineOnline to enjoy books recorded by authors of the Screen Actors Guild!
Audio books are available for all genres of literature. Don't forget to look for non-fiction recorded books.
Sign audio books out at the library. Exchange them weekly to keep your child's collection fresh and interesting. When relatives ask what to buy your child for special occasions, give them a wish list of audio books from which to choose.
Also see: Audiobooks & Literacy: An Educator’s Guide to Utilizing Audiobooks in the Classroom
Visit The Library!
Visit your local public library often and be sure to get your child his own library
card! Ask the children's librarian if there are story time hours
at the library.
Please stop in and visit the Grandview Library -- visit
the grade level links to find out what's happening! Find out what books
we have in our library by visiting our library
catalog page and entering a title, author, or keyword in the search
Thinkfinity Literacy Network provides fun, interactive resources that parents and caregivers can use to support children's language and literacy. Click here to visit!
Make sure that your child
can see the pictures and text in the book that you are sharing.
Talk with your child about
the title and illustrations.
Ask if she can guess what the book is going
to be about.
Stop occasionally and ask
questions. You should note that these are questions which require your child to think and give opinions!
"Why do you think Goldilocks disobeyed her mother and wandered
into the forest?"
"How do you think Goldilocks felt when she opened
her eyes and saw the bears staring down at her?"
Ask your child
to make predictions about what will happen next.