Welcome to the literacy website at YES!   

The role of the Lead Literacy Teacher at Yarmouth Elementary School:
*Collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to promote literacy achievement for all students
*Coordinate Response to Intervention for literacy
*Work with students who are identified through assessments as needing extra literacy work
*Work with the Literacy Teachers throughout the district to ensure consistency for students from grades K-12
*Work with teachers on literacy curriculum, including: reading, writing, and word study

Often, families ask how they can best support their children's literacy development at home.  Here are some ideas:

  • Invite your child to read with you.  Listen to him/her read, alternate reading pages in a “Just Right” book, and/or read a picture book or more challenging chapter book to your child.     

  • Help your child find “Just Right” books so that reading doesn’t become frustrating.   Your child’s classroom teacher can provide you with examples of “Just Right” books.   You can also use the “Five Finger Test” to see if a book is “Just Right” by opening to any page in a book and having your child put up a finger for each word s/he doesn’t know.  If the child gets to five words, the book is too hard and will most likely become frustrating if s/he reads it independently; instead, this may be a good book to read to your child.  

  • Discuss new vocabulary words.  

  • Read from a variety of children’s books, including fairy tales, chapter books, song books, poems, graphic novels, and informational books.

  • Make books and reading into something special.  Take your child to the library and/or buy them books as gifts.  Have a favorite place (or places!) for books in your home.  

  • Encourage your child to use his/her strategies to figure out words as they read if they get stuck, such as using the picture, chunking the word into parts, saying the first sounds, and/or thinking about what would make sense.  Try to resist telling a word to your child unless it seems like a word s/he may not know how to figure out (such as a person’s name, a new vocabulary word, a scientific word, or the name of a place).

  • Try to find a series that your child enjoys reading.

  • Encourage your child to read out loud. This could be to you, a grandparent, a sibling, a friend, a pet, a stuffed animal, etc.

  • If you're child is reading to you and makes a mistake, ask them questions such as:

                      "Does that make sense?"
                        "Did that look right?"
                        "Does that sound right?"
  • Ask questions about your child’s current reading book.

  • Have your child find a favorite reading spot in your home.  It should be a place s/he can read quietly without distraction.  Perhaps include a basket of books, a blanket or pillows to make it cozy, and/or pencils and markers to encourage writing too.  

  • When spelling, encourage your child to listen for sounds in a word, think of Priority Spelling words, and/or use spelling patterns and rules to spell the word.  

  • Encourage your child to write. This could be through creative story writing, letter writing, thank you notes, pen pals, writing skits or plays, etc.