Kindergarten and First Grade

In this tab you can find activities, games, stories, and resources to engage your children according to different age levels. These resources can help your child get excited about reading and learning to read.

These activities are targeted for ages Kindergarten and First Grade.


How Parents Can Instill Reading

Boy and Girl reading book.

How Parents Can Instill Reading. Parents often ask how they can help their children learn to read; and it’s no wonder that they’re interested in this essential skill.Reading plays an important role in later school success. One study even demonstrates that how well 7-year-olds read predicts their income 35 years later! This article provides 11 practical recommendations for helping preschoolers and school-age students learn to read.

Reading full article here.


Books Build Connections Toolkit

Books Build Connections
Find information about the benefits of promoting early literacy and early learning for children and what you can do about it in the Books Build Connections Toolkit.

The toolkit has publications with information and tips for pediatric professionals and families. Encourage families to talk, read, and sing with their children!​

Toolkit items are available to print, download, or share via social media.

Some ideas you will find here.
Sharing Books with your Preschooler
Sharing Books with your School-Age-Child


Activities- Helping Your Child Become a Reader- Children Ages 3-5

This page from the U.S. Department of Education provides ideas for language-building activities to do to develop literacy skills. The activities and roles for both children and parents change as the child grows. The different stages addressed are: babies (birth to 1 year), toddlers (1 to 3 years), preschoolers ( ages 3 and 4) and kindergarten/early first graders (ages 5 and 6).As a parent, you can help your child want to learn in a way no one else can. That desire to learn is a key to your child’s later success. Enjoyment is important! So, if you and your child don’t enjoy one activity, move on to another. You can always return to any activity later on.

Helping Your Child Become a Reader
Some ideas you will find here.


Reading Rockets for Parents Page

Reading Rockets is a site well loved by educators and parents. This direct link to the parent page provides something for all readers. Reading and Learning With Your Child, Childrens’s Books and Authors, and Helping your Struggling Reader are just a few of the links you will find on this page.

Reading Rockets website.
Some ideas you will find here.


A Child Becomes a Reader: Proven Ideas from Research for Parents Birth through Preschool

Mothers, fathers, grandparents, and caregivers, this booklet is for you. It gives ideas for playing, talking, and reading with your child that will help him* become a good reader and writer later in life.

Kindergarten (pages 9-18)
1st grade (pages 19-25)


Learning About Your Child’s Reading Development

Learning to read is difficult. While spoken language develops in most cases naturally, reading requires explicitsystematic instruction.

This page from The National Center on Improving Literacy, describes typical reading development from emergent through fluent reading. Sometimes we have concerns. This article offers a quick overview of the skills to look for and what to do if the child in your life seems to not be acquiring the skills.


Development of Phonological Skills

Basic listening skills and “word awareness” are critical precursors to phonological awareness. Learn the milestones for acquiring phonological skills. This page helps parents to understand the importance of developmental phonological skills through easy to understand definitions. There is also a table which notes the age where 80 to 90 percent of typical students have achieved each phonological skill.


Parent Guide to Helping Your Child Learn to Read for Preschool through Grade Three

Success in school starts with reading.  When children become good readers in the early grades, they are more likely to become better learners throughout their school years and beyond. Learning to read is hard work for children. Fortunately, research is now available that suggests how to give each child a good start in reading.

Put Reading First – Parent Guide


Defining Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. For individuals with dyslexia, specific portions of the brain typically associated with important reading processes may not function in the same ways that they do in individuals without dyslexia. Individuals with dyslexia often have difficulty with phonological processing, spelling, or rapid visual-verbal responding. Importantly, dyslexia is related to reading difficulties, not difficulties that arise from intellectual functioning.

Parents and Families- Explore by Topic-Dyslexia


Family and Community Toolbox

The purpose of the Family and Community Toolbox is to provide resources in order to build upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within a child’s daily routine in the home and community. The resources contained in this toolbox provide encouragement to families and caregivers in supporting the early language and literacy development of children in their care.

Family and Community Toolbox


Ohio’s Early Learning & Development Standards

The Standards support the development and well-being of young children to foster their learning. Because the infant/toddler years are marked by rapid developmental change, the Standards are divided into three meaningful transitional periods: Infants (birth to around 8 months), Young Toddlers (6 to around 18 months), and Older Toddlers (16 to around 36 months). The Standards during the pre-kindergarten years (3-5 years), describe those developmental skills and concepts children should know and be able to do at the end of their pre-kindergarten experience.

Ohio’s Early Learning & Development Standards (Pages 15-34)


Ohio Department of Education- Parents

Active, involved parents are an essential resource for Ohio’s schools in making the most of every child’s educational experience, from pre-kindergarten all the way through high school. This page has information you can use to help guide your child’s education.

My Child is in…Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, etc.