Read At Home Tips and Resources
Reading is a critical part of every child’s learning and growth and important to their individual development that opens a world of greater understanding about self, others, and the world. We encourage families to promote reading at home and engage in conversations about print or digital books while reading TO children, With children or BY children. Reading at home provides meaningful interactions between children and their families.
Read TO, WITH, BY Parent Video
There are three ways children can enjoy reading at home: One way is to Read TO your children. Be a model. Children love to listen to adults read to them. Another way, is to read WITH your children. Be a reading partner. Choose books you loved as a child and books your child loves. Lastly, books can be read BY children. This means that children can enjoy reading books independently. Make time for your children to read and be nearby to engage in a conversation about what they are reading. This short video was created to show parents and caretakers a few practical tips to consider when reading TO, WITH, and BY children at home.
Read TO, WITH, and BY One Pagers
The following resources provide parents practical tips to consider before, during, and after reading TO, WITH, and BY children. These types of questions reinforce what children learn in the classroom.
Resources to Engage Readers at Home
Connecting Parents with Resources to Engage Readers at Home
Children's Choices 2020 Reading List Great selection of newly published books to encourage younger students to read.
Young Adult's Choices Reading List 2020 Great selection of newly published books to encourage adolescents to read.
Pam Allyn's 20 Questions to Get Kids to Talk About Books is a resource with 20 questions to engage students in conversations about books.
Turn Your Child Into a Super Reader is another great resource that includes tips in both English and Spanish.
Connecting Readers to Public Libraries
Connecting Readers with Free Digital Resources
Black Lives Matter Instructional Library This amazing resource contains many great children's books perfect for online read alouds. It also includes some children's books translated to Spanish.
Supporting Young Learners with Foundational Skills at Home
The Regional Educational Laboratory at Florida State University has put together four recommendations with activities and videos to support parents at home with reinforcing foundational skills for their children in grades kindergarten through Second Grade.
Learning Never Closes - Supporting Young and Secondary Learners
For students in Grades Pre-K - 5:
- Parents can access the Supporting Young Learners open Canvas course at http://bit.ly/SupportingYoungLearners. This course provides guidance and resources related to English Language Arts/Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Social Emotional Learning to help ensure your child continues learning at home.
For students in Grades 6 - 12:
- Parents can access the Supporting Secondary Learners open Canvas course at http://bit.ly/SupportingSecondaryLearners. This course provides guidance and resources related to English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Social Emotional Learning to help ensure your child continues to learning at home.