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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

8 Simple Ways To Encourage Your Child’s Literacy

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It’s widely known that parents who are actively involved in their child’s reading activities can significantly increase their child’s literacy.

Here are eight simple strategies you can use to encourage good literacy in your young student, which can greatly help him become a more advanced and comprehensive reader.

  • Model reading. Let your child see you read, often. Reading books, newspapers, directions, recipes, maps, etc. subtly reinforces the necessity of good reading in everyday life.
  • When reading together, help him distinguish clearly between fiction and nonfiction.
  • Before reading to her, take a “picture walk” through the book and have her predict what that page might be about.
  • When reading to him, stop and ask questions to check comprehension.
  • Help her visualize. After reading a story, ask her to close her eyes and make a picture in her mind about the best part of the story, or her favorite character, etc. Then let her describe that to you. This helps make reading more “three-dimensional.”
  • Help him make a “self-to-text” connection. For example, if the story has a character that was brave you might ask him to tell you about a time that he felt brave. Then say, “So you really know how that character was feeling!”
  • After reading a story together, ask him to think of a different ending for the story. This helps make the story more personal and memorable.
  • Make a reading-to-writing connection. Have her use a notebook to keep a reading journal. On the top of a page have her write, or write for her, the name of the book, author, and date read. Then help her write a brief synopsis of the story. It’s always fun for a child to go back and see how much they have read!


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