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Using Dialogue Journals to Encourage
Reading and Writing in Family Literacy Programs
Sample 2: Topics to Discuss with Parents of Emergent Readers and
How do Children Learn to Read and Write?
- Children learn to read and write by reading and writing.
- Children learn a lot from seeing parents and other adults reading and
- Children learn a lot about reading and writing before starting
- Playing with books, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, puppets, and
puzzles helps children learn a lot about language, reading, and writing.
Make these materials available to your child at home.
- Singing songs, chanting rhymes, listening to stories, and telling
stories help children learn a lot about language, reading, and writing.
- Reading with children is very important. Telling stories and talking
to children are also very important.
- Children learn through exploring and trying things out. Don't worry
about your child's "mistakes." Think of them as a way to help your child
learn even more.
- Children need lots of repeated readings of favorite stories to feel
comfortable to try and read them on their own. Let them read, re-read,
and re-read again.
- Memorizing favorite stories is a normal part of learning to read.
- "Pretend reading" is a normal part of learning to read.
- The best way to become a better reader is to read, read, read!
- The best way to become a better writer is to write, write, write!
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(Adapted from Elish-Piper, 1996)