Learning to read is complicated! You can learn more about all that goes into mastering the skill of reading in our guest blog post from Redwood Literacy. If you're looking for more ways to support your child as they learn to read, check out the resources below!
Resources at Chicago Public Library:
- Check out decodable books: Helpful for children learning new sounds and word patterns.
- Check out books to read together: Picture books, informational books, Wonderbook read-alongs, audiobooks, beginning readers to build background knowledge and vocabulary.
- Visit your library for activity sheets and games!
Family Resources to Support Learning to Read
- Khan Academy Kids App is a free, research-based app that offers early literacy activities. For ages 2-8.
- Reading Buddies is an animated show that teaches word level reading to young children, developed by the Reading League.
- Reading 101: A Guide for Parents was developed in partnership with Reading Rockets, the National Education Association and Colorín Colorado.
- Fly leaf Publishing Decodable Books has free online decodable books
- Home Reading Helper has strategies for children who are just starting to learn to read, need practice or are struggling
- Teach My Kid to Read Beginning Reading Instruction has free and simple parent-led reading instruction program.
- Redwood Literacy offers fee-based evaluation and tutoring for children with dyslexia or other literacy struggles.
- Tutoring Chicago provides 1:1 tutoring for families with financial barriers.
- UIC Center for Literacy offers free literacy resources and programs for children and adults
Advocacy and Resources for Children Who Need Extra Support
- Chicago Public Schools Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) coordinates CPS resources for diverse learners. Offers Parent Involvement Specialists who can help parent navigate services.
- Family Resource Center on Disabilities provides free resources for caregivers on disability rights, IEPs, school services, early Intervention and more. Resources are available in Spanish.
- Equip for Equality is a local organization that provides free parent education and legal help for special education. Special Education Helpline: 1-866-KIDS-046 (1-866-543-7046) or email@example.com
- The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity provides information, resources and parent tips
- Bookshare offers free access to ebooks in many formats for all ages.