Literacy at Leatherbarrow Literacy at Leatherbarrow
Last modified at 1/8/2014 3:24 PM by davischr
Welcome to Literacy at Leatherbarrow!
The staff at Leatherbarrow School are dedicated to creating a warm and inviting learning environment for your children. We strive to promote optimal learning for all students. Below please find a few simple ideas for encouraging Literacy Learning in your home.
Literacy Mentor~Christine Davis 
May 2014
We're already getting preparing!
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 Due to your generosity and love of books, we earned enough in to add
$8,00.00 worth of books to our school Library in November 2013
from the Scholastic Book Fair!
Thank you one and all!
"Babies are born with the instinct to speak, the way spiders are born with the instinct to spin webs.
You don't need to train babies to speak; they just do. But reading is different."
— Steven Pinker
Before Reading comes Talking 
~Tell your child stories…
     …stories of when you were younger
     …stories of when they were younger
     …stories where they are the heroes
  ~Sing to your child…
      …sing old fashioned ballads
      …sing silly rhyming songs
      …sing songs and leave out the words…let them fill in the words
~Talk to your child…
     …talk to them about what you are doing and why you are doing it
    …talk to them about their favorites things
   …talk to them about books you are reading
   …talk to them about new and fabulous words


  Think of your day...
How can we 'fit in' Literacy learning?
~In the vehicle…
    …books/books on tape
    …magnetic games
 ~In the bathroom…
     …sponge letters/soap sticks in the tub
     …magazines/comics in a basket
~Before supper…
…magnetic letters on the fridge
     …small white board
     …read to me
    "…help me with the directions"
~At the supper table…
     … ‘How was your day?’
…Read! A good storybook can make for pleasant dreams!  
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  When your child begins to read, here are a few strategies to enable them to grow stronger as a reader:
          1. Tell the child to ‘look at the picture’. You may tell the child the word is something that can be seen in the picture, if that is the case.  (Morris Mouse –blue ribbon)
          2. Tell the child to ‘look for chunks’ in the word, such as it in sit, at in mat, or and  and ing in standing.
          3. Ask the child to get his/her mouth ready to say the word by shaping the mouth for the beginning letter. (Draws attention to the first sound)
4. Ask the child if the word looks like another word s/he knows. Does bed look like red ?
5. Ask the child to go on and read to the end of the sentence. Often by reading the other words in context, the child can figure out the unknown word. (Meaning)


6. If the child says the wrong word while reading, ask questions like: Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it makes sense?
Handout: Listening to Your Child…



It can be frustrating sometimes when children are reluctant readers.
Here is a terrific collection of ideas from the Choice Literacy website:



The Fundamentals of Boys and Reading
By Trevor Cairney

1. Boys are more likely to be attracted to books and reading when they offer opportunities to discover, experiment, explore, learn new things, make them laugh, consider the curious or unusual, help them to play, see how things work, share trivia, tricks and facts with other boys, explore the unknown, and generally do interesting things.

2. Boys need to understand the value of story and storytelling from an early age. This can be acquired through early books, the stories you share with them (anecdotes, memories, tall tales etc), traditional stories and fantasy. Until boys value story, they will struggle to cope with reading.

3. Fathers and mothers need to learn how to listen to and read with your sons. Reading to and with you should be enjoyable, not boring or a chore.
4. Fathers have a key role to play in boys' literacy and learning development.
5. Pretty much every act of reading is relational. For boys, if the book is connected with people with whom they share strong relationships, then they will read. If parents, significant community leaders and teachers that boys love and respect value reading then they will too.

6. Whoever reads to them and with them should keep the following in mind:


Choices - Help them to make good choices, including stuff they can read and that they'll find interesting.
Enjoyment - Make it seem important, interesting and fun, not just a task.
Forms - Introduce them to as many different forms of reading as possible.
Model - Make sure you enjoy it too! If you're bored, they'll be bored. If you're having fun, they will too.
Early intervention - Start early and do it often. Don't wait till your boy is seven before you start reading to and with him. It's not impossible by then but it's tougher.