Parent Resources

This presentation, "How Do Children Learn to Read?" is an overview of literacy development, instruction, assessment and intervention in Mamaroneck Schools.

Other Resources

Recommended Texts

What to Read When, by Pam Allyn (Penguin, 2009)

Pam Allyn, founder of the Westchester-based LitLife consortium, provides invaluable annotated lists of tried-and-true books for every age and every pivotal moment in childhood. A veteran teacher, Pam makes a compelling case for reading aloud, storytelling and other literacy-building family rituals.

Raising Lifelong Learners, Lucy Calkins and Lydia Bellino (Da Capo Press, 1998)

Lucy Calkins, co-founder of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, shows parents how to nurture curiosity and spark creative thinking in children at home. Having an open and creative approach to conversations, chores, and games is as beneficial as reading, writing, and math. And even in traditional skills like reading and writing, we need to encourage our children to read for meaning and write for expression, rather than focus only on mechanics like phonics and spelling.

Look Who's Learning to Read, Shelley Harwayne (Scholastic, 2009)

Shelley Harwayne, co-founder of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and retired NYC schools superintendent, offers wise and practical advice for parents, grandparents, babysitters, nannies, daycare workers, and other caregivers on how to stimulate students' imagination. The book is brimming with practical everyday activities that will spark children's literacy in authentic, joyful ways.

The Read-Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease (Penguin, 2006)

This classic is now in its sixth edition. Trelease calls the read-aloud "an advertisement for the joys of reading." Here, he provides anecdotes and the latest research to support parents and caregivers in choosing the best literature to share with children and read aloud dynamically. The Read-Aloud Handbook offers proven techniques and strategies to help children discover the pleasures of reading.

Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read, U.S. Department of Education (2001)

This brochure, designed for parents of young children, describes the kinds of early literacy activities that should take place at school and at home to help children learn to read successfully. It is based on the findings of the National Reading Panel.

Recommended Online Resources

Jim Trelease's Home Page
Offers many great resources compiled by the well-known author of "The Read-Aloud Handbook," including suggested booklists, annotated read aloud book recommendations, and favorite childrens author profile excerpts from his book "Hey! Listen to This."

National Center For Learning Disabilities
Explores different types of learning disabilities, provides support for parenting and offers ways for parents to support children's learning at home.

National Center on Response to Intervention
Provides information on the essential components of RTI including the multi-level prevention system, universal screening, progress monitoring data-based decision making universal screening and progress monitoring as well as informative webinars.

New York State Response to Intervention
Presents a definition of Response to Intervention and specifics about each leveled tier as well as articles, briefs, reports and archived presentations about RTI.

Response to Intervention Action Network
Provides a wealth of information about Response to Intervention at the early childhood, elementary, middle and high school levels, resources for parents including articles, a glossary and blog as well as methods for integrating behavioral and academic interventions.

Reach Out and Read For Parents and Educators
Shares a wealth of reading resources including research on the importance of read aloud, annotated booklists for children, overview of developmental milestones (motor and cognitive) related to reading and recommended books for parents on the science of reading aloud.

Reading Rockets
Offers strategies, lessons, activities and ideas designed to help young children learn to read.

Scholastic For Parents
Presents tips on children's reading, books and learning including articles on current issues in education, booklists and literacy activities for home.