Family Literacy Activities
Becoming literate is one of the most important journeys a child will ever take, and parents are often the most consistent guides and voices along the way. According to the International Reading Association, family literacy takes place during daily routines in life as parents, children, and family members use literacy at home and in their communities. Practicing family literacy skills and providing language, reading, and writing experiences from the earliest years of life all the way through high school is an important foundation for a child's lifelong success.
Parents can use the activities below with their children to help them acquire, maintain, and improve literacy skills. These activities are geared toward families with children in grades four and five, though, the activities can easily be used with younger and older children at any ability level.
Emergent Readers can read grade-level texts mostly independently but occasionally need support. They are approaching independence in comprehension but still need some supports, especially with advanced texts.
Proficient Readers can read texts independently, continually refining and developing their reading skills as they read more difficult materials. For the most part, they are capable of independently improving reading skills through increased practice, and able to draw conclusions and make evaluations.
Advanced Readers can read a wide range of texts independently, make complex inferences, explain and support their inferences, and apply their understanding of texts to make and support a judgment.
Activities will be structured around "skills-focused" topics. These skills align with the English Language Arts standards found in most states, as well as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Each activity will utilize one or more of the habits of good readers to assist students in practicing the identified skill.