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Literacy Information and Supports

Very soon, parent letters will be going home with those students in grades 7-10 who have been tested with our Fountas and Pinnell (F&P) reading assessment. These letters will be informing parents about which grade level their child is currently reading and provide ways of helping your child to become a better reader. (Click here to see a video to find out more about how the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessments work.)  At home, you can support your child’s literacy progress by:

  • Establishing distraction-free time every day for the child to read books, magazines or other materials of his/her choosing. Letting the child choose helps ensure the book is of interest and fun to read. At school we’ve talked about choosing a “just right book,” and I’m confident students can and will do this.
  • Creating a comfy area in a family or living room where the child can read quietly. Sending the child to his/her room to read alone is often perceived as a punishment, when reading should be an enjoyable activity that’s shared by the family. If you’re not reading with or to the child, take that reading time to enjoy a book for yourself! You’ll be setting a great example for your child.
  • Encouraging the student to read books that the child can read independently with success. We don’t want to push the child to books that will frustrate and discourage him/her.
  • Reading with your child. You can read aloud, you can take turns reading aloud, or you can have your child read to you.
  • Talking about what you’ve read. Talk about the books or articles you’ve read and encourage your child to talk about what he/she is reading. Talking about it helps build comprehension skills.

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