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    NEW!!! 7 simple steps for a Digital Detox - read this with your student 

    A podcast on "The Hidden Challenges of Students with Smartphones" - click here to listen.

    Watch how a baby discovers reading, here. Start reading to your child EARLY!
    50 books children and tweens should read before they are 12. Check it out here!

     Think about it.....
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    new How to raise a reader, NYTimes article, here.
    Summer Learning ideas for parents, a brochure here
    The School Library: what parents should know, check it out here.

    Here's an article by Jon Scieszka, author extraordinaire and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, called "Jon Scieszka on How to Get Kids to Love Reading (Tip: Stopping Telling Them How Important Reading Is)"

    Stop the summer slide where students lose all the skills they've learned during the school year. Check out the infographic below!
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    And another handout for parents to help stop the summer slide can be found here. Reread the statement that a child that reads 1 minute a day outside of school will learn 8,000 words by the end of 6th grade, whereas a child that reads 20 minutes a day will learn more than a million words by the end of 6th grade! Worth thinking about....

    Reading at home can make a HUGE difference....check out this graphic here
    Click here for a document to help you talk to your kids about being safe online.

    Just came across this new website called   It has a forum sort of set-up that enables parents to ask child-related tech questions and get answers from like-minded parents and/or professionals. It's not necessary to register to peruse but if you'd like to ask a question, registration is required. Check it out!

    Today’s world is full of exciting technology to help families' daily lives and provide opportunities for children’s future. But how do you find out what's suitable, safe or educational?
    At parents can ask questions about the technology their children are using, reply to others with answers, and get great advice from like minded parents and our knowledgeable experts.



    Scholastic Parent's Page


    This is a downloadable conversation starter poster for parents to ask their students how their day at school was. Click here for the direct link.




    What Parents Should Know About School Libraries!

    Click above for some questions to see if your school library measures up....ours does!

         Special Education Resources!

    ISER is a directory of resources for parents of children with special needs. The directory includes psychologists, therapists, special needs schools and programs, tutors, specialized caregivers, and more. Click here for the link.






    Are you looking for some titles you think your son might like to read? Here's a list of "Great Books for Boys" that can be found on the website.

    There are also lists for girls. One of my favorite is by Barb Langridge of "A Book And a Hug" website. She's created 4 lists in the following categories. Maybe one of them will appeal to your daughter, niece, yourself? 

    A Parent's Guide to Reading with Your Child


     Reading together is magical. As you discover adventures between the covers of a book, you also discover things about each other. And with every page you turn, your child expands vocabulary, comprehension, reasoning, grammar and other skills.Here are 10 tips to help you bring up a book lover.  

    1. Create Reading Rituals. Read together every day, starting when your child is a baby. Set aside a special time and place to read together. Let your child know that reading is important to you, and that your child can expect to enjoy this time and place with you on a regular basis.
    2. Get Close. When you cuddle with your child while reading a story, your child begins to associate reading with a sense of security. Children learn better when they feel safe.
    3. Provide Sound Effects. Use silly voices and sounds to keep your child interested in the story. Hearing different sounds in language also helps your child develop critical listening skills. Try singing, too!
    4. Make Connections (1). Help your child connect the words you are reading and the words she is hearing. Follow along with your finger as you read to show how print moves from left to right. Point out the pictures in the book and talk about what you see.
    5. Make Connections (2). We're surrounded by letters and words. Children need experience with all kinds of print - from shopping lists to the Internet to street signs. Point out letters and words around you. Connect the letter symbol to the name of the letter.
    6. Talk About It. When reading or telling a story, pause to talk to your child about it. Ask him open-ended questions, like "What do you think will happen next?" or "What would you do?" Put things in your own words to help make the story clearer for your child.
    7. Read It Again. Children need to hear favorite stories over and over. This helps them recognize and remember words. It also helps them learn how to predict what's coming next. Most importantly, as kids become familiar with a story, it gives them confidence about reading and improves their comprehension and background knowledge.
    8. Keep It Active. Let your child touch and hold the book. Ask her to help you turn the pages. And you don't always have to sit when you read or listen to a story. Try clapping out a fun rhyme or dancing to a silly poem.
    9. Be Creative. Too tired to hold a book? Tell a story that you know, or make one up together. Making up a story with your child stimulates creativity. It's also a nice change.
    10. Follow Your Child's Pace. Don't push your child to read beyond his ability. Choose books suited to his age and development, and let him choose books that are interesting to him. Encourage your child's reading, and congratulate him when learns a new word or masters a new skill. 


    Written by the National Center for Family Literacy. 


    New!  Parent Newsletter New! 

    Click on the link below to read a monthly newsletter about how school library media centers help students become better students and life-long learners.


    PBS Parents: Going to School - This website will help parents make their child's transition from home to school, from one grade to another, or from one school to another as easy and pleasant as possible.

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