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For Parents

You are the key to your child’s success in learning to read.  When you read, talk and play with your child, you are stimulating the growth of your child’s brain and building connections that will become the building blocks for reading. Reading aloud to your child every day increases his/her brain’s capacity for language and literacy skills and is the most important activity you can do to prepare him/her to learn to read. 

In an effort to pass along important information to our parents, we host Parent Nights throughout the winter and spring from Aspen to Parachute.  Click below for this year’s schedule which will be updated on an ongoing basis.

 Winter Spring Parent Nights 2016

What is literacy?

  1. Vocabulary:  Knowing more words and the names of things.
  2. Rhyming: The ability to rhyme helps with phonemic awareness and learning the rhythm of language. 
  3. Print Awareness: Learning that words are everywhere and convey meaning.  Words are read top to bottom and left to right on a page, words are separated by spaces.
  4. Print Motivation:  Developing interest in an enjoyment of books.
  5. Narrative Skills: The ability to describe things and events, tell stories, recall details and anticipate story direction.
  6. Phonological Awareness: Letters represent sounds and those sounds make up words.
  7. Knowing the Alphabet



  • Point out alphabet letters and the sounds of those letters.
  • Stop often to talk about the pictures. Give your child time to respond to things you say.
  • While reading, stop often to ask “What do you think will happen next?” or “What is happening in this picture?”
  • Ask your child how something in the story might relate to his/her own life.
  • Let your child complete the rhyme.
  • Sometimes, make up your own story to go with the pictures in the book.
  • Read your child’s favorite books again and again. Repetition is healthy.
  • Read aloud every day. Make it a special time.
  • Read when your child asks you to.
  • Read anywhere and everywhere.
  • Let your child turn the pages.
  • Play word games (guess the word I’m thinking that rhymes with…I see something that begins with a “B”…Let’s find things that start with the letter “T”…)
  • After reading a book, think of a fun activity related to the story.

Additional Tips for Parents

Click here to go to our resources page for numerous additional tips for parents.