Family Resources for Early Literacy
The purpose of this site is to provide information, activities and resources to help families support early literacy at home. The National Reading Panel Report (NICHD, 2000) describes five essential components of reading instruction. We have organized our resources based on those components so that you can navigate the information based on the specific needs of your child.
The Alabama Literacy Act
The Alabama Literacy Act was signed into law on June 10, 2019 and became effective September 1, 2019. The law states that all 3rd grade students (with a few “good cause” exemptions) shall demonstrate sufficient reading skills for promotion to 4th grade, beginning with the 2021-2022 School year. The first group of students who will be impacted by this legislation were 1st graders during the 2019-2020 school year and are now second graders. Please note that a parent or legal guardian of any K-3 student who exhibits a consistent deficiency in reading and/or characteristics of dyslexia at any time during the school year will be notified in writing.
Informational Resources for Families
- Foundational Reading Skills (helpful videos on page 9)
- Shelby County Schools Dyslexia Resources
- Regional Educational Lab Program
- A Kindergarten Teacher’s Guide
- Florida Center for Reading Research (Click grade level on the left of the website)
- Conversation Starters to Build Oral Language
- NAEYC Articles for Families on Literacy
- i-Ready Family Center
- i-Ready Family Guide English
- ¿Qué es i-Ready? versión imprimible
- The Measured Mom