Topic: Beginning Reading

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
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.

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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.

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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.

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Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Schools & Districts

Four tips to use when reading with your child.

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Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families

Helping your child with speech sounds supports early reading success.

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Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families

Asking questions can help your child understand what she reads.

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Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families

Helping your child stretch apart and connect sounds to sound out words supports early reading success.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families

Help your child practice early literacy skills and understand ideas during everyday life.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families
Route to Reading: Tune-up in the Community

Help your child practice speech sounds and letters during everyday life.

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Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families

Help your child practice language skills and understand ideas during everyday life.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Parents & Families
Succeeding in School: Essential Features of Literacy Development

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 reading skills and academic language.

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Beginning Reading, Vocabulary
Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Supporting Your Child’s Literacy Development at Home

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 technology into your learning opportunities.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading, Comprehension
Audience: 
Parents & Families
The Alphabetic Principle: From Phonological Awareness to Reading Words Inforgraphic

The alphabetic principle is a critical skill that involves connecting letters with their sounds to read and write. Learning and applying the alphabetic principle takes time and is difficult for most children. Explicit phonics instruction and extensive practice are important when teaching children to learn the alphabetic principle.

Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Audience: 
Schools & Districts

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