Parental Resources

Encouraging Reading and Writing at Home

  • enjoy listening and discussing storybooks
  • understand that print carries a message
  • engage in reading and writing attempts
  • identify labels and signs in their environment
  • participate in rhyming games
  • identify some letters and make some letter-sound matches
  • use known letters or approximations of letters to represent written language (especially meaningful words like their name and phrases such as “I love you”)


Parents and family members can:

  • talk with children, engage them in conversation, give names of things, show interest in what a child says
  • read and reread stories with predictable texts to children
  • encourage children to recount experiences and describe ideas and events that are important to them
  • visit the library regularly
  • provide opportunities for children to draw and print, using markers, crayons, and pencils


Kindergarten children:

  • enjoy being read to and themselves retell simple narrative stories
  • use descriptive language to explain and explore
  • recognize letters and letter-sound matches
  • show familiarity with rhyme
  • match spoken words with written ones
  • begin to write letters of the alphabet and some high frequency words


Parents and family members can:

  • daily read and reread narratives and informational stories to children
  • encourage children’s attempts at reading and writing
  • allow children to participate in activities that involve writing and reading (for example, cooking, making lists, writing friendly letters etc.)
  • play games that involve specific directions (such as “Simon Says”)
  • have conversations with children during meal times and throughout the day
**NOTE: Children develop at different stages. Therefore, suggested activities for parents can be used from both the pre-k and kindergarten suggestions depending on your child’s level of maturity. Enjoy!