Topic: Beginning Reading

Mother reading with child

This toolkit helps teachers and families understand what the alphabetic principle and phonics are and how to support a child's development of these important reading skills.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families, Schools & Districts
Kids reading around a tress

This toolkit helps teachers and families understand what fluency is and how to support a child’s development of fluency with text.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading, Fluency with Text
Audience: 
Parents & Families, Schools & Districts
Teacher and Class

This toolkit helps teachers and families understand the difference between phonemic and phonological awareness and how to support a child's development of these important reading skills.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families, Schools & Districts
Kids Reading a Book

This toolkit, developed in collaboration with the Idaho State Department of Education, helps parents and families use everyday time together as an opportunity for learning and building reading skills.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families
Family Reading

This toolkit helps parents and families take part in literacy experiences at home to develop children’s reading and language skills.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families

Fluency is the ability to read words, phrases, sentences, and stories accurately, with enough speed, and expression. It is important to remember that fluency is not an end in itself but a critical gateway to comprehension.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading, Fluency with Text
Audience: 
Schools & Districts

Repeated readings, goal setting, corrective feedback, and graphing performance can help build Fluency with Text.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading, Fluency with Text
Audience: 
Schools & Districts
How We Learn to Read: The Critical Role of Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness involves being able to recognize and manipulate the sounds within words. This skill is a foundation for understanding the alphabetic principle and reading success. There are several ways to effectively teach phonological awareness to prepare early readers, including: 1) teaching students to recognize and manipulate the sounds of speech, 2) teaching students letter-sound relations, and 3) teaching students to manipulate letter-sounds in print using word-building activities.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Learning About Your Child’s Reading Development

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 child learn to read.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families
Learning to Read: “The Simple View of Reading”

Learning to read consists of developing skills in two areas: accurate, fluent reading and comprehending the meaning of texts. Learning these skills does not come naturally. Both accurate word reading and text comprehension require careful, systematic instruction.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Schools & Districts

Four tips to use when reading with your child.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families

Questions to ask about your child's reading instruction at school.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families

Questions to ask about your child's assessments and instruction at school.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families

Helping your child with speech sounds supports early reading success.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families

Asking questions can help your child understand what she reads.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families

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