Literacy at Home

Ways to incorporate reading, writing, and speaking

Everyday Literacy

Regardless of age, we are surrounded by opportunities to read, write, and communicate. Talking with your children about reading in their daily lives shows them the importance and can help them enjoy it! You will find resources below to talk to your child about reading before, during, and after read alouds. In addition, you will find suggestions for writing activities to show your children how we use writing every day!

Read and Rise Winners

Students who sent in forms were eligible to receive a set of books from Scholastic Read and Rise. These were awarded on a first come first serve basis. See the video below for an introduction on how to use these books!
Scholastic Read and Rise Introduction

Early Elementary Literacy

Children in kindergarten through 2nd grade are doing the work of learning to read. This means they are learning how letters and sounds build words and sentences. Students also need to think about the text they read. Everyday they read pictures, signs, labels, and stories.

To help your child grow:

  • Point out the different opportunities for reading.
  • Talk about how letters blend together to make words and how words make sentences.
  • Share about how we read to learn or make meaning. We read to learn information and to have fun.

All of these aspects of literacy are important to your child!
Kindergarten-1st Read Aloud Demonstration
2 3 Grade Read Aloud

Upper Elementary Literacy

Children in 3rd through 5th grade move on to reading to learn. In the upper grades, students use texts (pictures, labels, diagrams, graphs, stories, nonfiction books, articles, websites, and more) to learn information about their world.

To help your child grow:

  • Preview texts your child plans to read. Have them predict what they will learn or read.
  • Ask your child to tell you about what they've just read. Can they remember important points? Can they share what they know about the characters?
  • After reading, have your child talk about what they learned. Ask them their opinion of the text and have them support their ideas with reasons.
  • Continue to read aloud to your child. Kids at any age can learn when adults read. This builds vocabulary and reading fluency!

Reading Conversations


Writing Across the Grade Levels

Reading and writing are very closely related. Readers learn from writers, and writers learn from readers. Have your child explore writing opportunities such as:

  • Helping make the grocery list.
  • Writing in a journal.
  • Write about what they are reading.
  • Start writing a story and adding a little each day.
  • Drawing pictures to show the meaning of new words.

More Resources

Additional Information

Check out these links for even more ways to help your child with reading at home!

Contact Us

If you have questions...

Feel free to contact Heather Register, Fairforest Elementary School's Reading Coach.

Check out our FES Literacy Website to see reading ideas, resources, and our students in action!