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Developing your child's literacy skills
Keep Reading Aloud
One of the most important things you can do with your child, is keep reading aloud with them! Even after they are reading independently on their own. This allows children to access to books and talk about the story and characters in a way they might not be able to if they were reading independently.
Graphic Novels Count
Graphic Novels often have richer and more sophisticated vocabulary, and challenge readers to consider point of view, metaphors, and inference skills.
Mirrors and Windows
We can help you find books that are mirrors and windows for your child! Having books that reflect your child's life and having main characters that children can see themselves in is important. As is finding and reading books that are windows, or show another perspective and experience. You can read more about Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors from Rudine Sims Bishop's 1990 Essay.
Easier Books Improve Fluency
Your child might be assigned a reading level by their teacher at school. These levels and numbers can be important to find books that will both challenge and not frustrate your reader. If your child finds a book that they really want to read, it's ok if it's below their reading level (it's ok if it's above too, they might just need extra help decoding and understanding the material). These easier books help foster print motivation (a love of reading) and can develop fluency (our ability to read like we're talking).