What is “literacy?”
Why is literacy important?
Support for Literacy at Home
Tips for Supporting Your Young Child’s Literacy At Home
Keep Books Within Reach | Make sure books are easy to reach and find. Books should be as easy to use as any other toy in your home.
Sing, Read, Repeat | Read your child’s favorite stories and sing their favorite songs over and over again. This will strengthen their language skills and provide positive feelings about reading.
Ask Questions | Ask your child questions about everything! Children have strong opinions and interesting ideas about their world. Encourage them to tell you what they think. You’ll learn more about them as they build their language skills.
Talk to your Child | Ask your child to talk about his or her day at school. Encourage them to explain something they did or a game they played during recess.
Play with Puppets | Play language games with puppets. Have the puppet say, “My name is Mark. I like words that rhyme with my name. Does park rhyme with Mark? Does ball rhyme with Mark?”
Say Silly Tongue Twisters | Sing songs, read rhyming books, and say silly tongue twisters. Those help kids become sensitive to the sounds in words.
I Read… You Read… | Take turns reading aloud at bedtime. Kids enjoy this special time with their parents.
Take Control of the Television | It is difficult for reading to compete with TV and video games. Ask questions about what your child watches or games they play. Also, encourage reading as a free-time activity.
Storytelling on the Go | Take turns adding to a story the two of you make while riding in a car or buss. Try making the story funny or spooky. You can even share a funny thing that happened when you were little.
Support for Literacy Instruction in the Classroom
For more than 50 years, research has shown teacher quality to be the most important factor in student success at school. For this reason, USD 443 places a strong emphasis on job-embedded professional learning for teachers through instructional coaching.
Literacy Partners | Dodge City Reads
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Our Origin Story
DCLiNK is USD 443’s 3-year, $3 million literacy project funded by the Literacy Network of Kansas and the federal Striving Readers’ Comprehensive Literacy Initiative.
In July of 2018, the Kansas State Department of Education awarded a portion of the Literacy Network of Kansas (LiNK) grant to Dodge City Public Schools. LiNK is funded through the federal Striving Readers’ Comprehensive Literacy Program.
Some facts about the DCLiNK project: