Advice for Parents & Volunteers

The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.  – National Commission on Reading

Reading with your young child provides great bonding time.  You and your child will both love it, and it will give your child a great start in school!

Here are a LOT of resources on how to get the most out of reading with your child:       

Imagination Library – Sign up for Dolly Parton’s program to send a free book to your child every month. 

Ready to Read  Gives early literacy skills up to 3rd grade.  Lists songs, books and resources for parents to use to help promote reading.

Growing Up Reading – Describes development of reading and language skills from birth to first grade. You will find book and activity suggestions for babies, toddlers, preschoolers to first graders.

Babies and Books – You will find suggested books for each stage of development.

PBS Parents’ Guide to Reading & Language – Learn how children become readers and writers and how you can help them develop by talking, reading, and writing together every day.

Center For Early Literacy Learning (CELL) Provides evidence-based early literacy practices for parents, teachers and caregivers for children birth through age 5.

Stages of Child Development – Describes stages of child development physically and mentally up to age 5.  Though each child develops at different rates, general milestone benchmarks are given.

Family Reading Experience – National PTA initiative teamed with Kindle to promote a reading experience that engages the entire family to improve reading skills in grades K-5.  Activities are provided (in both English and Spanish).

Computer Safety – Basic information on how to help keep your child protected while using the computer.

ABCs of Teaching Reading – Various articles that detail what reading involves and how to best teach reading.

Reading is Fundamental – Provides parents with articles, book lists and activities for reading  

Child Development At Age 3  Gives developmental information on the intellectual, physical, and social/emotional development growth of a 3-year-old child.  Gives parents information on how to help encourage language and some basic pre-reading skills.

Early Literacy Provides basic information on what early literacy entails.  Parents may sign up and join blog.

Early Literacy Tips Gives early literacy tips to parents, listing pre-reading skills, and provides some resources for them to use.

Birth to Six: Early Literacy  Early reading tips and information.  Encourages parents as first teachers.  Helps them form foundation to help children learn to read.

Tips For Improving Reading In Children and Teens – Parent articles on child development and how to help your child succeed in school.  It does advocate particular programs, in addition to general information.

Great Schools – Article detailing the reading process and how to recognize reading difficulties.

READ 20’s Favorite Read Alouds  – These are the books we have the most fun reading with children.

Read Aloud America Book List – Read aloud book lists for all ages.  Previous years are included 

Helping Reluctant Readers – Provides strategies to help reluctant readers become better readers. Especially helpful to parents.      

Chattanooga 2.0 Chattanooga 2.0 is a community-led movement to write the next chapter in our future by transforming education and workforce opportunities in Hamilton County.

Strategies – Information about Special Education. Site especially for teachers, providing strategies to help struggling readers.

Other useful links

Hamilton  County Department of Education – Gives parents and families access to local public education information about administration, teachers, curriculum, school information and school policy/procedures.

EDMODO Allows students, teachers and parents a portal to interact with the school system to find out more in-depth information.  Requires sign up.

TCAP Assessment – Provides information on standardized testing.  Gives general information on how to prepare your child.  Also provides a link with more in-depth information.

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