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Parents/caregivers and their children can use these resources together to learn and to practice their literacy.

  • Building Strong Families
    http://unlforfamilies.unl.edu/Index.htm
      Based on research at the University of Nebraska which asked family members from all 50 states and 27 countries, "What makes your family strong?" this site provides resources to strengthen your family.

  • The Parent and Child Together Component from Show Me Family Literacy
    http://www.lift-missouri.org/resources/smfl/Chapter%2007.pdf
      "Parenting Education provides parents with the information, instruction, and support regarding how to be their child's first teacher and partner in education. Children gain additional advances in their emerging literacy skills through the anticipated improvements to their home environment as their parents learn more about literacy and child development."
      1 Guide to Quality Even Start Family Literacy Programs, prepared for Even Start Program U.S. Department of Education by the RMC Research Corporation.


    Activities for Parent/Child Together

  • Learning and Growing Together
    http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?Page=3&TopicRelationID=463&Content=11715
      This is an interactive resource for parents about early learning and literacy. A teacher tour guide orally presents the information. Captions for what the teacher is saying are available.

  • Is There Something I Could Buy That Would Help My Child to Read Better?
    http://www.readingrockets.org/articles/56
      Jim Trelease tells parents the "Three B's" they can buy to help their children become better readers.

  • Between the Lions
    http://pbskids.org/lions/
      Based on the award winning PBS TV show, this fun educational site uses songs and games to foster literacy skills while playfully demonstrating the joys of reading. The activites are research based.

  • Reading is Fundamental for Teachers http://www.rif.org/educators/
      This section is designed especially for teachers, childcare providers, librarians, and other professionals to support your efforts to help children become lifelong readers.

  • Book Adventure
    http://www.bookadventure.com/
      Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 5,400 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read offline, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure was created by the Sylvan Learning Foundation and is a non-profit organization.

  • Parent Made Development Toys
    http://literacy.kent.edu/Oasis/PACT/
      Making these toys is a great PACT activity for families and provides an opportunity for families to complete a fun, hands-on project.

  • Reading Planet: Do some fun stuff
    http://www.rifreadingplanet.org/rif/jsp/funStuff/funstuff_homepage.jsp?pa=vsc
      Pick a scene, answer a few questions and we will start your own personalized story. Choose a word list and make your very own word puzzle game. Pick a story, print it out, draw the pictures the way you like. Read the hints on how to make a book!

  • Read Across America
    http://www.nea.org/readacross/
      NEA's Read Across America campaign celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2, to help get parents and communities active in reading to children. This site provides information on the Read Across America campaign and also offers other incentives, such as survey results from "Children's Top 100 Books" to celebrate reading throughout the year.

  • National Geographic Explorer for Kids
    http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
      Adventures, activities, and information based on National Geographic projects. Contains links to other parts of the National Geographic site. Anyone who is interested in these topics will have a chance to interact with pictures and related text to build vocabulary and comprehension.

  • America's Story from America's Library
    http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi
      Discover stories from America's past. You can find out about famous people, go back in time, explore the states, join America at play, and more. Anyone who is interested in these topics will have a chance to interact with pictures and related text to build vocabulary and comprehension.

  • Edspace
    http://edspace.nasa.gov/home.html
      "See learning in a whole new light" at this NASA site: join the earth crew, live in space, bring space home, meet the astronauts, or go to astronaut school. Anyone who is interested in these topics will have a chance to interact with pictures and related text to build vocabulary and comprehension.

  • NASA Kids
    http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/
      On this NASA site, kids can find out about rockets and airplanes, our earth, space and beyond, astronauts, and living in space. They can see NASAtoons and take part in games and projects. Anyone who is interested in these topics will have a chance to interact with pictures and related text to build vocabulary and comprehension.

  • Discovery Channel Site
    http://www.discovery.com/
      The Discovery Kids section has fun information and games about science and animals. Kids can also learn more about the Discovery Channel's TV shows. Anyone who is interested in these topics will have a chance to interact with pictures and related text to build vocabulary and comprehension.

  • PBS Kids
    http://pbskids.org/
      This resource has a wide variety of activities for parents and children to do together. These activities will help parents "raise a child who is ready to learn." There are separate sections for kids, parents, and teachers.

  • The E-Square
    http://www.alri.org/esquare/
      Take a virtual tour of E-Square's three city blocks of useful, informative store fronts. Each store in E-Square covers a different topic on everything from getting a job to early child hood education to rental agreements and buying a home. E2 has links to family acitvities.


    Teachers can use these resources to plan activities that will encourage interaction between parents and children around literacy.

  • The Parent and Child Together Component from Show Me Family Literacy
    http://www.lift-missouri.org/resources/smfl/Chapter%2007.pdf
      "Parenting Education provides parents with the information, instruction, and support regarding how to be their child's first teacher and partner in education. Children gain additional advances in their emerging literacy skills through the anticipated improvements to their home environment as their parents learn more about literacy and child development."
      1 Guide to Quality Even Start Family Literacy Programs, prepared for Even Start Program U.S. Department of Education by the RMC Research Corporation.


    Special Needs

  • Teaching LD: Information and Resources for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
    http://www.teachingld.org/expert_connection/default.htm
      The resources on this site can be adapted for use with parents who have reading difficulties or to help parents who have children with learning differences.


    Parenting

  • Hello Friends
    http://www.hellofriend.org/parents/parents.html
      This site, sponsored by the Ennis William Cosby foundation, explores ideas for parents when faced with the challenge of being their child’s first teacher. Tips for interacting with children, encouraging language development, practicing organizational skills, and discovering how children learn are among the many helpful ideas parents will find on this site.

  • The Family Education Network
    http://www.fen.com
      Parents and caregivers can get help when their kids have homework questions. This site also has links to other parent sites.

    Early Childhood Education

  • Earlychildhood.com
    http://www.earlychildhood.com
      Kids love to be creative and the developmentally appropriate activities on this site use that creativity to develop language and literacy.

  • Parent Talk - Preschoolers
    http://www.tnpc.com/parentalk/preschool.html
      This site contains links to information parents and caregivers can use to help preschoolers get ready to read and ready for school.

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