Build Literacy at Home

  • Attend the local library’s summer reading program

    Access youtube literacy sites

    Allow your child to read what they are interested, but still expect reading every day.

    Cook with your child – This builds reading skills as well as following directions

    Chalk and Paint Words – Use art to find creative ways for children to practice sight words and spelling patterns while outside.

    Lemonade Stands - Have your child create advertisements and bookmarks with book suggestions to hand out with the lemonade.

    Read and Create – Allow your child to create something to represent each book completed.

    Vacation Planning – Allow your child to research the area ahead of time and any stops along the way. They can share this information with the family. Older children can help plan the route and navigate.

    Create a fun and cozy reading space, indoors and outdoors.

    Offer reading rewards or challenges among family members to encourage reading.

    Plan a book-related field trip after completing a book.

    Plan a movie night to watch the movie after finishing the book. Discuss similarities and differences between the two.


    Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area. Also check our for recommendations.  

    Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:

      • Morning: The newspaper — even if it is just the comics or today's weather.  
      • Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your daughter likes the food channel, help her look for a recipe on the network's Web site — then cook it together for more reading practice.  
      • Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book he is currently reading (one of the six books, above). Have him rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help him be more fluent — able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.


    Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so she will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase her knowledge and expand her experience with text, so that she will do better when she reads on her own.