There are many things that families can do to support literacy in the home that include the following:

  • Show children that the adults in the home read. Make it a point to read in plain sight of children and they will imitate you!
  • Read to children. Find any opportunity to read aloud – a book, a recipe, a list. Read with expression and help make connections with what is being read.
  • Using books on tape or MP3s is a great way to encourage reluctant readers to be exposed to the patterns of text and higher vocabulary. – Remember that reading is a complex task that happens over time.