A Reading Life

When parents ask what they can do to support the teaching and learning at school, I think first of the importance of fostering a reading life. A passion for reading is one of the greatest gifts a parent can instill in their child. We believe this is the foundation for all other forms of learning.

District 30 parents were invited to a presentation from international literacy expert, Ellin Keene, last night. She summarized the research base on reading development and provided common sense strategies for how to engage your child in reading at home.

As Ellin shared last night, parents can help most by enjoying books with their children. They do not need to teach them to read and write. Parents can also help by letting their children see them read… and write. Remember, nonfiction text counts!

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