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Reading Resources

How to Read With Your Child
​     Now that we know how important reading to a child is, what can we do to help at home?  Just like any skill (playing an instrument or sport), reading needs to be practiced. The links below can equip you to help your child become the best reader he/she can be.

Universal Resources:
Decoding bookmarks:  When you read with your child, he/she should learn to decode unknown words if possible. These bookmarks can assist you as you help your child decode unknown words as they read.  Remember, some words do not follow phonics rules and
have to be memorized (these are called sight words).
​Reading Tips from Scholastic.com:  There are a number of ways to improve your child's reading skills that can be implemented throughout your day.  Scholastic.com has a list of strategies you can try.   
 
 
​The National PTA released a guide to with tips to help readers at every age from birth to high school.  Check out these tips by clicking the following link:
 
Readingrockets.org  Parent Page:  This page has links to a number of resources that can help you find ways to help your child improve his/her reading at home.
 
Reading Rockets also offers specific reading tips for parents to help their children beginning from infants to third graders.  Tips for parents of children with disabilities are also available.  These guides are available in multiple languages.
 
Questioning: As you read with your child it is important that you ask questions that require your child to think about what he/she is reading.  This will help your child build strong comprehension strategies and better understand what is read.  The following grade-level documents can help you form questions as you read.

Reading Websites for Students and Parents

Literature Resources:  See the "Literature Links" for a number of links to literature.  Other links can be found below.
- Your local library:  Visit your local library to get a library card.  This card not only will allow you and your child to check out books from the library but also to access e-books online.
Storyline Online is a free site that has renowned actors reading award-winning books.

Learning Games:
Elementary: K-3
BBC Bitesize KS1: 1st-3rd grades:  On this site you can choose the level of the games.  The games tackle skills like spelling, phonics, rhyming, etc.  This website requires Adobe Flash.  I've also had trouble with it working on Google Chrome.
- My favorite games on this site are: Deep Sea Phonics (Spelling words to open a treasure box); River Rhyming (Choosing a rhyming word to help the boy cross a river); Alphabetical Adventure (Choosing words in alphabetical order to play a song); Travelling Pronouns (Choosing correct pronouns to complete sentences); and Matching Word Golf (Choosing a word with a similar meaning).
BBC Bitesize KS2 3rd -5th grades:  This site's games requires students to find information, deduce, alphabetize and attach meaning, and answer questions about poetry.