Tips for Supporting your Child’s Reading at Home

It was announced in early April that schools in California would be closed for the remainder of the school year. These closures have led to many families across the state adopting new routines that are similar to the school day so that children continue learning despite the closures. In a previous entry, we shared the importance of routines for children of all ages. In this post, we will look at one important aspect of routines […]

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Literacy Challenge #3

Click here para en español Due to COVID-19, many families are distance learning and do not have access to their local libraries or physical books. This week we would like you to explore different sites that offer free books. Below are some step-by-step instructions to submit your third challenge.  Step #1:  Research where to find free books. The books can be physical books, e-books, audiobooks, video books, etc.  To get you started, we have a list of free resources here.  Step […]

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4 Tips For Reading With Or To Your Child

If reading to or with your child seems daunting, we are here to help. Here are some general rules: Make reading fun! It does not have to be perfect or too structured. Just read something every day. Have conversations about the topics/themes that you see written. It could be as simple as a recipe! Have your child pick their favorite content. Create fun activities that relate to the themes/topics that you read. You can also […]

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How can you tell if a children’s book is good or appropriate? Betsy Hearne, author of “Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide” suggests the following: From birth to age six, picture books should have illustrations on every page. These books are meant to be read aloud while the listener looks over pictures. For ages, six to nine, beginner and easy-to-read books require short chapters, illustrations, simple vocabulary. These books can be read aloud to […]

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