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Read-Aloud Routine Bookmark for Parents, English and Spanish

During the 2012–2013 school year, Project ELITE worked with K–3 teachers at Baty Elementary School in Del Valle Independent School District to implement a new way of reading books aloud to enhance students’ vocabulary and comprehension. This bookmark presents a routine for parents to use with their children.

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Storybooks for Learners of English

Storybooks for Learners of English is a free open educational resource that promotes literacy and language learning in homes, schools, and communities. Part of the Global Storybooks project, it makes 40 stories from the African Storybook available with text and audio in English and a wide variety of languages spoken around the world. This resource also provides an option to sort books based on language level 1-5.

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Drawing and Writing

These practices show you how simple activities can encourage your preschooler to scribble, draw, and write letter shapes.
Write Right (Spanish)
Delighting in Writing
Mail Call

Storytelling and Listening

These practices show you how books can help your toddler to listen, talk, and be a part of storytelling and book reading.

I Wanna Be a Storyteller
Looking at Books Together
Let Me Tell the Story
A Book By Its Cover
Un libro por su tapa – A Book By Its Cover (Spanish)

Reading and Storytelling

These practices show you how books can help your preschooler to listen, talk, and be a part of storytelling and book reading.

Let’s Read Together
Read It Again!
Read With Me
Book Is the WordLeamos juntos – Read With Me (Spanish)
La palabra es…libro – Book Is the Word (Spanish)

Letters and Spelling

These practices from Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) help your preschooler learn about sounds and letters of the alphabet.

Alpha Fun (Spanish Version)
Listen Here

Symbols and Letters

These practices from Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) will help your toddler learn that letters have their own names and sounds.
Letters and Symbols Are Everywhere
Magic of Catalogs and Magazines
What’s Your Letter? (Spanish Version)

Vocalizing and Listening

These practice guides from Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) will encourage your little one to make sounds, listen to your every word, and begin to talk.
Oohs and Aahs
Babble On (Spanish Version)
Sights and Sounds (Spanish Version)

Preschooler Practice Guides for Parents

Literacy Learning Experiences – These practices show you how everyday home and community activities encourage preschoolers to listen, talk, and learn the building blocks for early literacy.
Adventure in a Box Wired To Read Word Wise
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Toddler Practice Guides for Parents

Literacy Learning Experiences – These practices show you how everyday home and community activities encourage toddlers to listen, talk, and learn the building blocks for early literacy.
Books and Crayons of One’s Own Act Natural
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Infant Practice Guides for Parents

Literacy Learning Experiences – These practices show you how everyday home and community activities encourage infants to listen, talk, and learn the building blocks for early literacy.
Learn More
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Helping Your Kid With . . . Building Vocabulary and Comprehension With Read-Alouds

Most of you read books with your kids. This video shows you how to use book read-alouds to build vocabulary and learning. Choose a book, predict what the book is about, talk about vocabulary, and enjoy your reading time! Hosted by Letti Grimaldo and Shannon Giroir.

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Money Talks

A 5-part Online Series for Middle School Families (Available in English and Spanish)

What is Money Talks?

Money Talks is a short, family-friendly online series about talking to your middle school child about money. For each of 5 topics, you will find conversation starters to use at home with your child(ren), quotes from parents/caregivers like you, games, activity ideas, and other resources. We also share adult financial planning tools for free from OSU Extension that you normally have to pay for! You can click to any topic, any time. No need to review topics that don’t interest you. Do you have a million things on your mind and worry that you’ll forget what to do? Within each topic you can download a planning tool to keep track of your talks!

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We Can Learn English in Every Subject

When we are learning a language, we do not segment academic and language information separately in our brains. Instead, we use our knowledge as an integral system to communicate with others and learn new content. In this set of activities, parents can find ways to help their children practice English and home languages while learning academic content. 

Parents/caregivers: When you click on each grade level, a 5-page pdf document will download. You are free to practice as many activities as you can during 5 weeks. For each week, you will have 7 options to choose from: Daily Care Routines, Homework Routines, Mealtime Routines, Play and Leisure Routines, Outside Routines, Walking/Driving/Bus Routines and Anytime! 

Teachers: Each set of activities has been developed to help you create opportunities for parent engagement beyond the classroom walls. These activities are thought to support multilingual children’s language and literacy development at home. Each set would be based on content from the All Ohio Literacy Learning Modules-Multilingual Series

Click on the language to display the grade levels PreK, K-2 and K-5 and download a set of activities in English, Arabic, Somali, Chinese, Spanish or Japanese. 

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Multitiered System of Supports for English Learners

Project ELITE developed a bookmark that presents a routine for parents to use with their children, based on the PK–3 read-aloud system. The parent and family guide is similar to the steps designed for teacher-led text reading but is modified for a simple and fun way to support literacy and family bonding through book reading. The bookmark guides parents in teaching children new vocabulary words and interacting with children during reading time to support language and comprehension development. The bookmark and training presentation are available in both English and Spanish.

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Bilingual: Chuukese/English and Marshallese/English Read-Aloud Videos

By Waipahu High School Graduates Using the Pacific Readers published by Bess Press
You can view the read-aloud videos at these sites:

Chuukese & English YouTube Playlist

Marshallese & English YouTube Playlist

KidLit TV

Read Across America partner KidLit TV  is a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Children can experience authors and illustrators reading their works through KidLit TV’s Read Out Loud program, which includes an array of titles featuring diverse people and cultures. Find more read-alouds, plus podcasts, activity ideas, book trailers, and more at their award-winning website.

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Dyslexia Resource Guide for Ohio Families 

What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities. People with dyslexia have many strengths, but have unexpected trouble learning to read. These difficulties are not related to a person’s intelligence or motivation. Children with dyslexia can learn to read. Families, early childhood teachers, or kindergarten teachers are often the first to notice children having difficulty with talking or learning at school. It is important to pay attention to potential signs that a child may have dyslexia. Children with dyslexia can show any mix of signs. While any one sign does not necessarily mean your child has dyslexia, it is important to talk with your child’s teachers if you have concerns.

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African Storybook

Open access to picture storybooks in the languages of Africa.
For children’s literacy, enjoyment and imagination. New Storybooks

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Sesame Workshop Games and Storybooks

Explore our Games and Storybooks. Help incorporate playful learning into your child’s early education through different kinds of games, storybooks, and interactives that will keep them curious, confident, and excited to explore more.

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International Children’s Digital Library

The ICDL Foundation’s goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children’s literature from the world community.

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Read Aloud Resources

ALL Ohio (Advancing Literacy Learning in Ohio) is a compilation of high-quality professional learning resources for Ohio’s P20 education system. ALL Ohio serves as a tool to strengthen educators’ knowledge and skills in evidence-based language and literacy practices grounded in the science of reading.

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Spanish Academy – 15 Fun Children’s Spanish Books

Reading books is one of the greatest pleasures available to us. Reading in another language is even better, as it offers all the good things about reading— plus the added benefit of learning a new language!  Finding reading material in Spanish is easier than ever thanks to the many resources available online.

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