The best thing parents can do is to play an active role in their children’s literacy development. This means reading to them, pointing out things in their environment to talk about, using interesting vocabulary and make reading a happy, positive experience. To engage your child in the act of reading, pick up on one of his/her interests or find an author he/she likes. The more a child reads, the better reader he/she will become.
Often, struggling readers just need a little extra tutoring and plenty of support. Outside of home, some schools offer free tutoring on site, often during the day. Where schools don’t have programs, community resources such as libraries and Girls and Boys Clubs may have programs to help. However, there are some specific things parents can do to help their children at home.
Helping Your Child Succeed in School is a guide providing information about what you can do at home to help your child be successful at school. Two topics discussed are choosing the right school and your child’s rights related to discipline issues.
Research shows that the more words that adults speak to children, the better language skills children develop.
For more information on how to help your child at home in the early years, read “More Than Baby Talk.”
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|Preschool/Kindergarten Children||Elementary Children|
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For more ways to help your child at home, read “Steps a Parent Can Take to Help Their Struggling Reader” and “Seeking Help for a Struggling Reader."
In the article, “How Parent Volunteering Can Aid Your Kids’ Academic Achievement” Sue Shellenberger looks at the impact of parents’ volunteer work on their children’s school achievement.
You may want to ask your local school board members or administrators about volunteer opportunities. To find a list of other types of volunteer opportunities in your area use volunteermatch.org.
The website for the Arkansas Literacy Councils provides information for adults needing literacy help. Local literacy councils can be found by searching by city or county.
A list of adult learning locations can be found at http://aalrc.org/adminteachers/index.html
Colorín colorado provides resources, related to literacy, in 11 languages. Examples of resources include what language to use at home with your children and how to encourage early reading if you do not know English.
USA Learns offers English lessons for adult learners. The lessons are free but you are required to create a free account with an email address. The site is hosted by the Sacramento Department of Education.
When a child is having trouble in school, it’s important to find out why. The child may have a disability. By law, schools must provide special help to eligible children with disabilities. This help is called special education and related services. There is a lot to know about the process by which children are identified as having a disability and in need of special education and related services. Learn more about this process with an overview of the 10 Basic Steps in Special Education Process at the Center for Parent Information and Resources.
Special education is instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of children who have disabilities. Special education and related services are provided in public schools at no cost to the parents and can include special instruction in the classroom, at home, in hospitals or institutions, or in other settings. This definition of special education comes from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This federal law gives eligible children with disabilities the right to receive special services and assistance in school.
When a child receives special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), he or she must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This is a written document listing, among other things, the special education services that the child will receive. The IEP is developed by a team that includes the child’s parents and school staff. Read All About IEPs at the Center for Parent Information and Resources.
View the Arkansas Department of Education Special Education Unit’s site for contact information and more resources.
For information on accommodations for assessment, read “Accommodations for Assessment.”
For a list of common modifications and accommodations, read “Common Modifications and Accommodations.”
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