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  • Parent Resources

Parent Resources

    Parent/Teacher Collection

    Because parenting and teaching are two of the most important and most difficult jobs in the world, we make every effort to provide resources to support our parents and teachers. Covering a broad assortment of issues and interests, some of the topics you will find in this section include: child development, activities to do with children, early literacy development ideas for parents and teachers, curriculum tie-ins, lesson plans by subject or theme, STEM activities, unit guides, parenting special needs children, behavior management for home and school, and games to play with children.

    Interfiled with our parent/teacher titles are picture books covering similar topics such as: emotions, starting school, new siblings, bullying, death, potty training, manners, and more. Titles for children have a light blue sticker over the spine label on the book.


    Beginning Readers

    If you have a child who is learning to read, our Beginning Reader collection (R Fiction) is a great resource for you. Consisting of controlled vocabulary, supportive illustrations, and clear story lines, this collection of fiction and nonfiction titles is perfect for beginning readers, whether they are just starting out or ready for the challenge of a short chapter book. Within this broad collection each title is categorized into one of five levels, mirroring the stages through which children progress as they become independent readers. The categories are identified by a colored dot attached to the spine of each book:



    Red Dots - Denoting Pre-Emergent Readers, books at this level have a high level of picture support, large print, repetitive patterns/vocabulary, predictable text, wide letter spacing, familiar concepts, and limited text on the page. (Levels A, B, C)



    Blue Dots - Denoting Pre-Emergent Readers, books at this level have controlled, repeated vocabulary; large print; wide letter spacing; familiar concepts; and longer sentences. (Levels D, E)



    Green Dots - Denoting Emergent Readers, books at this level have more lines of text and more complex sentences, but they still have repetition of vocabulary and larger print and text spacing. (Levels F, G)



    Yellow Dots - Denoting Early Fluent Readers, books at this level have smaller print, more lines of print per page, more complex sentence structure, more advanced vocabulary, and familiar topics but greater depth. (Levels H, I, J)



    Orange Dots - Denoting Fluent Readers, books at this level contain more challenging ideas; extended episodes and actions; greater variation in sentence pattern; and more complex, richer vocabulary and longer sentences. (Levels K, L, M)



    Double Dots indicate a nonfiction book. Due to an increase in subject-specific vocabulary and more complex sentence structure, it is common for children to drop a level or two when they move from reading fiction to nonfiction titles.

    Colored dots are only a guideline. Fountas and Pinnell letter levels are meant to be used by teachers for instructional purposes. Background knowledge, interest, and motivation allow children to read books from a variety of levels, regardless of their instructional level. 

    No two kids will follow the same path; like learning to walk, learning to read happens only when the child is ready. The steps above can help build reading readiness.

    These categories of leveled books were modified from the West Bloomfield Township (MI) Public Library's First Grade: Ready, Set, READ! materials (part of its initiative called Grow Up Reading www.growupreading.org), and include Fountas-Pinnell reading levels.


    Resources

    Reading Rockets (readingrockets.org) is a great resource for parents. It provides reading tips, book lists, advice and more.

    • Selecting Books for Your Child: Finding 'Just Right' Books explains how to help you determine if a book is too easy, too hard or just right for your child.

    Reading Resources (https://www2.ed.gov/parents/read/resources/edpicks.jhtml) from the U.S. Department of Education provides links to online brochures and books with information about kids and reading from early childhood to elementary school.