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Raising a Reader
by Maggie Morgan
Resources for supporting young readers at home can be found on the RUSD webpage. Click on "Families" from the homepage, then click on "Raising Readers."
Or simply visit
Resources, including videos, will be shared each month.
Why are we focusing on early literacy?
Many people think that learning to read happens at school, but it begins much earlier.
Children come to school with different literacy abilities based on their learning opportunities at home.
Children begin learning as soon as they are born.
Most brain growth happens BEFORE children begin school.
This means that the literacy environment you create at home makes a difference.
Some students struggle with early literacy.
If students continue to struggle we often see a downward spiral, often called the Matthew Effect.
Academic difficulties can lead to school dropout.