Literacy Week

Celebrate Literacy Week, January 28 through February 1, 2019

“Spreading Literacy, One View at a Time.”

This year, Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 2019 theme is Spreading Literacy, One View at a Time. We are encouraging families, students, community members, teachers and administrators help spread the love of reading and the importance of literacy.

Suggestions to help build your child's reading skills:

Children, Kindergarten

  • Read predictable books to your child. Teach him to hear and say repeating words, such as names for colors, numbers, letters and animals. Predictable books help children to understand how stories progress. A child easily learns familiar phrases and repeats them, pretending to read.
  • Practice the sounds of language by reading books with rhymes and playing simple word games (i.e., How many words can you make up that sound like the word “bat”?)

Children, First Grade

  • Point out the letter-sound relationships your child is learning on labels, boxes, newspapers and magazines.
  • Listen to your child read words and books from school. Be patient and listen as he practices. Let him know you are proud of his reading.

Children, Second & Third Grade

  • Build reading accuracy by having your child read aloud and point out words she missed and help her read words correctly. If you stop to focus on a word, have your child reread the whole sentence to be sure she understands the meaning.

Resources

Dr. Adkins, Superintendent of Schools Reading to Manatee Elementary School StudentsAccelerated Reader Bookfinder
by Renaissance

Introduction -- Helping Your Child Become a Reader
by the U.S. Department of Education

Homework Resources
by the Lee County Library System

Lee County Library Book Search
by Lee County Library System

Overdrive for Kids (Online digital books and audio books)
by Lee County Library System

Overdrive for Teens (Online digital books and audio books)
by Lee County Library System

Reading tips for Parents
by the Florida Department of Education

Reading Tips for Parents 2
by the Florida Department of Education

Kids Reading Websites

Just Take 20 Families

by Florida Department of Education

What is Just Take 20?

Just Take 20 (JT20) is a Florida initiative to improve student achievement in reading and literacy by recognizing that literacy begins at home! JT20 gives parents an awareness of their essential role as well as knowledge and skill to deliver daily activities that promote literacy. JT20 provides a knowledge base of age-appropriate activities and habits that will ensure highly skilled readers, motivated to read and write in school, workplace and life.

What do I need to do?

Just take 20 minutes each day to perform one of the simple activities found on the Just take 20 website. There are numerous activities and strategies to choose from, each designed for a grade level cluster: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12. You have many to choose from and you decide which ones are right for you. Just choose the topics that interest you and create a unique family plan of activities to get started. Don’t hesitate to repeat activities that were especially enjoyable. The goal is to develop a love of reading in our youth that leads to lifelong literacy.

Did You Know?

Just take 20 minutes each day to perform one of the simple activities found on the Just take 20 website. There are numerous activities and strategies to choose from, each designed for a grade level cluster: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12. You have many to choose from and you decide which ones are right for you. Just choose the topics that interest you and create a unique family plan of activities to get started. Don’t hesitate to repeat activities that were especially enjoyable. The goal is to develop a love of reading in our youth that leads to lifelong literacy.

Why Family Matters