Explore these fun literacy activities this summer!




Reading aloud:
You can read aloud to your child at any age!
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How can I help my child build vocabulary?

  • ​Read Aloud!  Read to children daily.  Talk about new words and ideas as you read.

  • Talk!  Make time to talk with children about their everyday experiences.  When you go places with children like the playground, museums, grocery store, zoo, etc. talk about the names of things you see.

  • Model!  Show children how you look up words in the dictionary or online to find out what they mean.

  • Collect Words!  As children learn new and interesting words have them collect words in a booklet, a word jar, or post words on the wall.  A great book to get you started is called Donovan's Word Jar by Monalisa De Gross.

  • Sort and Classify!  Help children sort and classify objects such as plants, animals, and vehicles as you observe them in the world around you.  Cut pictures out of magazines for children to sort and label by categories, beginning sounds, or number of syllables.

  • Discover the History of Words!  Older readers may enjoy exploring the origins of words by searching in a dictionary.

  • Play with Words! Children enjoy playing word games like Hangman, Scrabble, and Boggle.  Scrabble and Boggle are available in junior versions for young children.

  • Read! Read! Read!  Encourage children to develop a habit of daily reading on their own.  The BEST way to build vocabulary is to read more and to read many different kinds of texts.

What is fluency?
Fluency is made up of four equally important parts: speed, accuracy, appropriate expression, and understanding.

How do I help my child build fluency?
​Read to your child, even if they are older.  The more they here fluent reading, the better they will read fluently.  
​Read poems and other short passages, then repeat them.


  • Discuss the story/book/passage with your child:

    • What was the setting, characters, problem/solution, etc.?

    • What happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story?

    • What facts did you learn (from a nonfiction story)?

  • Have them retell the story in their own words.

  • Draw a picture of what the story was about.

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