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Parents Teaching Early Reading & Comprehension Skills

It is crucial for children’s reading development that parents are their children’s first teachers of early literacy skills. Research has demonstrated that children who are read to and engage in conversation have greater success in school. The influence of the family is recognized as a determining factor in children's readiness for kindergarten. This section of the Building Blocks for Literacy site provides access to information, activities and videos that help to promote children’s literacy in the home and other natural and social settings.

As you proceed through the topics, you may enter the Educator/Provider section to view how concepts are used at the early care and education site/preschool classrooms to support early literacy development. You may then return to where you left off in the Parent/Other section.

Both the self-paced course and parent sections allow participants, both parents/others and educators/providers, to share ideas, videos, and comments to help others enhance childrens’ early learning experiences. Please consider posting your thoughts and creative ideas, or commenting on others’ postings, in the Forum Discussions. You may also post videos of activities that describe how you implement concepts presented in the course by clicking on Submit Your Own Activity. The fact that parents of young children are in the workforce means that supporting development is increasingly dependent upon the collaboration of the family and early care and education providers.

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