Literacy Night Resources

Family Literacy Night October 26, 2016

A Peek into Your Child's Classroom

Reading Workshop

Reading workshop is a model for teaching reading that espouses eyes on texts - and lots of texts.  In order to grow in reading skills children need to read everyday.  The structure of reading workshop allows for students to be working daily in independent level texts that are self-selected by the each child.  Teachers guide this process by explicitly teaching and demonstrating skills and strategies for comprehension or word skills at the beginning of each reading workshop lesson. Take a look at this video to learn more:


A systematic program that teaches foundational skills such as:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics/word study
  • High frequency word study
  • Reading Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension Strategies
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling
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Enhancing Your Read Alouds

Try a few of these ideas to enhance your next read aloud:

  • Find a story based on a song and enjoy it in song format
  • Use sounds to enhance the story
  • Add actions to keep children engaged
  • Use props such a flannel board pieces or storytelling sticks
  • Sequence the story  by retelling it back in order
  • Use picture cards and sequence the story
  • Discuss the feelings of the character
  • Talk about a time when you may have had similar feelings to the character

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Booklists from Jim Trelease:  
Classic Picture Books:
Complete list of recommended picture books:

Parent Resources:
The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
Reading Magic by Mem Fox
What to Read When By Pam Allyn

Other pertinent resources:
Building Strong Readers Begins at Home
How Can I Help at Home - 5 ways to support your childs reading and writing

For more literacy ideas and resources for ebooks, click on my At Home Resources and Links tab and scroll to the Literacy area

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