St. Anthony Catholic School

Best Practices

Tips to promote literacy at home...

✪ Invite a child to read with you every day. 
✪ Read in your native language if English is not your first language.
✪ Be a reading model to your child- if they see you reading, they will be more likely to adopt a reading habit. 
✪ Have books in your home.
✪ When reading a book where the print is large, point word by word as you read. This will help the child learn that reading goes from left to right and understand that the word he or she says is the word he or she sees.
✪ Read a child's favorite book over and over again.
✪ Read many stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat. Invite the child to join in on these parts. Point, word by word, as he or she reads along with you.
✪ Discuss new words. For example, "This big house is called a palace. Who do you think lives in a palace?”
✪ Stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening in the story.
✪ Read from a variety of children's books, including fairy tales, song books, poems, and information books.
✪ Practice writing as much as possible- from drawing a picture and writing about it, to journaling daily activities- find something they're interested in.