What can we do as parents to support our child's literacy skills?

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."  Emilie Buckwald

2019 Westchester County ELA Assessment Data Grades 3-8

All Students: 53% Proficient

47% Below Grade Level

Males: 52% Below Grade Level

Females: 42% Below Grade Level

Students w/Disabilities: 14% Proficient


Learning Disabilities

More than 2.9 million school-age children in the United States - approximately five percent of the student population - are diagnosed with learning disabilities. Many more struggle in school but never receive a formal diagnosis. 

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Spend Time Reading Together as a Family 

Pick up a book, tablet, magazine or newspaper and READ together!  You'll be showing your children that reading is an important and fun part of your family's life. 

Write with Your Child 

Have your child write the grocery list, write thank you notes, write a caption or story under a drawing, or have your child "write" notes to you using words or pictures.  Every opportunity to write supports vocabulary and spelling skills development.

Read Aloud to Your Child 

"Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent,"  2008 Archives of Disease in Childhood. 

Develop a Love of Learning

 The first step for parents and educators to cultivate a love of learning is to invite questions, and then chase them. Chasing questions means following them to find the other questions that emerge from an initial question. 

Listen and look for the moments where you can kindle the fire of a child's curiosity. - Edutopia: Elena Aigular, April 20, 2016