Getting Started for Parents

Early literacy begins with you!  Parents are the most important people in a child's life.  As a parent or caregiver, you are also the best in helping your child get Ready to Read because you know more about your child's well being and personality than anyone else.  You are your child's first teacher and are in the best position to help because:

  • Young children have short attention spans.  Ready to Read activities can be done for short bits of time throughout the day. 
  • You can help your child learn in ways and at times that are easiest for them.  Do they like to read before taking a nap or going to bed at night?  Do they like to sing a song in the morning before eating breakfast?  Taking into consideration a child's behavior and daily patterns will make these fun activities for both of you.
  • Parents are tremendous role models and if your child sees that you think reading is important, they will want to follow your lead and do what you do! 
  • Children learn best by doing and they love doing things with the people who love them the most!  You!  

In addition to this blog, try these links for additional resources, guides and information on helping your child develop early literacy skills.

Association for Library Service to Children/American Library Association

Center for Early Literacy Learning Resources for Parents

Get Ready to Read Parent Resources

Illinois Early Learning Project from the IL State Board of Education Resources for Early Literacy

PBS Parents Reading Resources and Games for Kids

Play Resources for Parents from the National Association for the Education of Young Children

Reading Rockets Early Literacy Development Resources

ReadWriteThink From the International Reading Association

ReadyWeb from the University of Illinois College of Education Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative

US Department of Education Reading Resources for Parents

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families

Are you looking for more rhymes and songs?  These websites have been helpful to us in gathering the information we share on our blog. 

BusSongs:  A website devoted to children's songs and nursery rhymes. Links to meanings and histories of songs and rhymes.

Cullens ABC's:  A YouTube channel with fun actvities and songs to view at home.

Embracing Diversity:  Sharing Our Songs and Rhymes (Burnaby Public Library in Burnaby, BC-Canada)
Extensive information, including songs, rhymes and video, to help you and your child inspire sharing across cultures.  Rhymes and songs provided in 15 languages.

Enchanted Learning:  A website providing K-12 educational materials including rhymes, songs and crafts.

Gayle's Preschool Rainbow: Preschool learning activities, themes and ideas that enrich year round early childhood curriculum.

King County Library System (Washington State): Hundreds of children's videos, rhymes, and songs carefully selected by youth librarians.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids Pages:  Provides song lyrics and music clips on childrens' songs, coloring pages, games and more.

Songs for Teaching:  Offers a large list of educational music to listen to and view lyrics.  Music is available for purchase and the site offers printable lyrics.

Storytime Syngery:  A blog created by two librarians to share ideas about Every Child Ready to Read programs.  

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