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This booklet for parents, in both English and Spanish, offers suggestions for helping their young children develop and improve their reading skills. The booklet first presents tips for helping infants or preschoolers be ready to read and ready to learn. Suggestions include talking to the infant or toddler, reading aloud starting at 6 months, pointing out printed words in the environment, and bringing children's books and writing materials when leaving home. The booklet next lists characteristics of good reading programs, such as: reading instruction and practice 90 minutes a day in primary grades; daily spelling practice and weekly spelling tests, and before- and after-school help provided for students who need it. Simple strategies for creating strong readers are then listed, including inviting the child to read every day, discussing new words, and reading from a variety of children's books. The booklet next outlines five essential components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency vocabulary development, and reading comprehension strategies. The booklet concludes by highlighting the four basic education reform principles of the No Child Left Behind Act. (HTH)

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Learning Activities, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Parents as Teachers, Reading Aloud to Others, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Student Improvement, Young Children

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Author: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs.


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