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Monthly tips for parents

Growing Readers

Written especially for parents, Growing Readers (formerly Ed Extras) provides monthly tips for raising strong readers and writers. Schools and PTAs can add these preformatted briefs to their parent newsletters. Growing Readers is also a great resource for libraries and community literacy organizations.

  • How to Read Nonfiction Text
    Tips on navigating the table of contents, diagrams, captions & more
  • Handwriting: What's Normal, What's Not
    Developmental milestones in writing
  • Building Print Awareness Through Read Alouds
    How to guide your child's attention to the print on the page


Growing Readers

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Children's books

Sharing Wordless Picture Books

In English

In Spanish

Finding and Sharing Great Kids' Books

In English

In Spanish

How to Read an E-Book with Your Child

In English

In Spanish

Finding the Right Book for Your Child

In English

In Spanish

Book Swap for Kids

In English

In Spanish

The Importance of Reading Widely

In English

In Spanish

Rediscover Your Public Library

In English

In Spanish

A Fresh Look at Your Home Library

In English

In Spanish

Creating a Home Library

In English

In Spanish

Early literacy development

Supporting Very Young Writers

In English

In Spanish

Developing Writing and Spelling at Home (Pre-K)

In English

In Spanish

The Role of Fathers in Their Child's Literacy Development (Pre-K)

In English

In Spanish

Emergent Readers: Look! That's My Letter!

In English

In Spanish

Beginning Readers: Look! I Can Read This!

In English

In Spanish

Start the New Year Off Right: Resolve to Raise a Reader!

In English

In Spanish

Making Reading Relevant: Read, Learn, and Do! (Pre-K)

In English

In Spanish

Nursery Rhymes: Not Just for Babies!

In English

In Spanish

Tips for Teaching Your Child About Phonemes

In English

In Spanish

Simple Yet Powerful Things to Do While Reading Aloud

In English

In Spanish

Environmental Print

In English

In Spanish

Good Night, Sleep Tight: Preschoolers and Sleep

In English

In Spanish

Choosing a Preschool

In English

In Spanish

How to Read With a Squiggly Baby (or Toddler!)

In English

In Spanish

Does My Preschooler Have Delayed Development?

In English

In Spanish

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: Math and Literacy for Preschoolers

In English

In Spanish

Grocery Store Literacy for Preschoolers

In English

In Spanish

Healthy Hearing

In English

In Spanish

Literacy activities for the family

Got a Newspaper? You’ve Got Learning!

In English

In Spanish

Kids Who Blog

In English

In Spanish

Developing Writing and Spelling at Home

In English

In Spanish

The Role of Fathers in Their Child's Literacy Development

In English

In Spanish

Learning That's Hands-On Holiday Fun (Pre-K)

In English

In Spanish

Creating Holiday Learning Traditions

In English

In Spanish

Making Reading Relevant: Read, Learn, and Do!

In English

In Spanish

Writing and Spelling Ideas to Use with Kids

In English

In Spanish

Reading Aloud to Build Comprehension

In English

In Spanish

Talking Counts!

In English

In Spanish

Five Literacy-Based Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Child

In English

In Spanish

Getting the Most Out of Nonfiction Reading Time

In English

In Spanish

Fluency Matters

In English

In Spanish

Putting Your Family Calendar to Work

In English

In Spanish

Building Reading Stamina

In English

In Spanish

Mission Critical: Reading Together to Build Critical Thinking Skills

In English

In Spanish

Beat the Heat with Your Weather Page

In English

In Spanish

Poems at Home

In English

In Spanish

Use Words to Teach Words

In English

In Spanish

Use a PEER When You Read Aloud

In English

In Spanish

Playing with Word Sounds: Stretch and Shorten

In English

In Spanish

Picture This! Using Mental Imagery While Reading

In English

In Spanish

Building Your Child's Vocabulary

In English

In Spanish

The Night Before the Museum

In English

In Spanish

Grocery Store Literacy

In English

In Spanish

Reading for Meaning with Your Child

In English

In Spanish

Playing with Words: Riddles

In English

In Spanish

Parent engagement

How Parents Can Support the Common Core Writing Standards

In English

In Spanish

How Parents Can Support the Common Core Reading Standards

In English

In Spanish

Children and Digital Media: Rethinking Parent Roles

In English

In Spanish

Preparing Your Child for Testing

In English

In Spanish

Easing Back Into School

In English

In Spanish

The Parent-Teacher Conference

In English

In Spanish

The Parent-Teacher Conference (Pre-K)

In English

In Spanish

New Year's Resolution: Help Your Kids Do Great in School

In English

In Spanish

Flipped Classrooms and Flipped Lessons: What Does It Mean for Parents?

In English

In Spanish

Preparing 21st Century Learners

In English

In Spanish

How to Read a Report Card

In English

In Spanish

Homework Tips for Parents

In English

In Spanish

No More Morning Madness!

In English

In Spanish

When to Call Your Child's Teacher

In English

In Spanish

Listen and Look at Back-to-School Night

In English

In Spanish

Back-to-School, for Parents!

In English

In Spanish

School readiness

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

In English

In Spanish

Easing Into Preschool

In English

In Spanish

Ready to Read

In English

In Spanish

Social Skills in Preschool

In English

In Spanish

Science and math activities (STEM)

IF kids code, THEN...what?

In English

In Spanish

Think Like an Inventor

In English

In Spanish

Science vs. Science Fiction

In English

In Spanish

Developing Research and Information Literacy

In English

In Spanish

The Vocabulary of Science

In English

In Spanish

How to Read Nonfiction Text

In English

In Spanish

Share What You Discover! Publishing Your Work

In English

In Spanish

Creating Bar Graphs

In English

In Spanish

Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions

In English

In Spanish

Cause and Effect

In English

In Spanish

Teaching Sequence

In English

In Spanish

Patterns and Categorizing

In English

In Spanish

Recording Observations: Capturing and Sharing Images

In English

In Spanish

Recording Observations: Journals and Field Notes

In English

In Spanish

Measure Up!

In English

In Spanish

Making Predictions

In English

In Spanish

STEM Tools at Home

In English

In Spanish

Steps in the Scientific Process

In English

In Spanish

Outdoor Explorations

In English

In Spanish

Struggling readers and learning disabilities

When Writing Is Hard

In English

In Spanish

Common Signs of Dyslexia

In English

In Spanish

Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision

In English

In Spanish

Successful Transition to Kindergarten for Learners Who May Be at Risk for Learning Disabilities

In English

In Spanish

Handwriting: What's Normal, What's Not

In English

In Spanish

Summer reading

Summer Literacy Challenge!

In English

In Spanish

Use Summer Fun to Build Background Knowledge

In English

In Spanish

Take a Break, but Bring a Book!

In English

In Spanish

Summer Learning, Side-by-Side

In English

In Spanish

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