Elementary Literacy Support for Families

Read, Read, Read

"Volume of reading is important in the development of reading proficiency." -R. Allington, Reading Researcher

Dear Families, we need your help, now more than ever, to get your child reading pages and pages every single day. We have shared ideas for supporting reading at home here. Check out additional support tips on the following pages.

-The Darien Literacy Team

8 Ways to Make Reading with Your Child More Exciting!

1. Ham it Up!! Use expression to sound like the characters.

2. Vary your subject matter as well as the kinds of things you read.

3. Hunt for books that match your child's interests.

4. Look for books that interest you too.

5. Foster closeness between siblings.

6. Help your child notice new information as you read.

7. Let them read to you.

8. Get your child their own library card.

To enjoy the whole article go to: https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/reading-resources/book-time-together-time.html

Supporting Just Right Reading in Grades K-5

20-21 Helping Your Child Find a JR book A-J.pdf

Supporting Readers at Levels A-J

20-21 Helping Your Child Find A JR book Text Bands K-Z .pdf

Supporting Readers at Levels K-Z

Parent Guide to Support Comprehension at All Levels.pdf

Comprehension Support

Levels A-W

Reading is decoding plus comprehension. Refer to this document to support your child with comprehension across the levels of text.

A Parent_s Guide to Understanding Student Progress in Reading.pdf

This guide has been created to help parents understand the role of reading levels in teaching and learning.

How can I practice reading?

1- Read actual just right books from school or the Darien Library.

2-Read digital leveled books with RAZ Kids (Grades K-2).

3-Read leveled informational articles from Newsela (Grades 2-5).

4- Read digital EPIC leveled books through your classroom teacher's library.

5-Read in a book club with a friend, sibling or parent. Talk at the end of every few chapters. (See possible questions below.) See how many books you can read in a month! Challenge each other.

Top 5 Questions to Ask Any Reader

1- Tell me about one of the characters in your story. What is he or she like?

2- What did your character learn at the end of this book?

3- If you could give your character advice, what you say? Why?

4- (For Informational Books) What has this book taught you?

5- What did you learn that was surprising?

Encourage New Genres or Topics

-Read New Genres Together: Try a Graphic Novel or other genre that your child does not currently read (Fantasy, Science Fiction, Informational, Feature Articles from magazines)

-Read All About Something: Pick a topic or time period and read to learn all about it

-Read & Make: Create a plan to make something and borrow library books or read online articles to teach you how to do it.