Parents are a child’s first teacher and there are many things that can be done at home to support literacy learning. Try these helpful tips to make reading part of your everyday routines and make family literacy fun and exciting.

  • Read with your children for 15-20 minutes each day. You can borrow up to 50 books at a time with your Queens Library card which means you’ll always have access to new and exciting reading material. For more information on ways to create family reading time click here.
  • Infuse reading into everyday routines such as grocery shopping, preparing meals, and walking to school.
    • Allow your children to help you create a grocery list by writing down the items you need. When you get to the store, ask your children to read the aisle signs and help you find each item.
    • Cooking at home can also be a literacy activity. When you use recipes with your children they have an opportunity to practice reading comprehension skills. For easy recipes to try at home click here.
    • Walking to school is a great opportunity to experience the literacy in your community. Read signs together as you walk to school or run errands. You can even play a game by selecting one word (words such as open, stop, or sale), and seeing how many times you can find the work on your walk.
  • Make playing together part of literacy learning. Singing songs, playing with stuffed animals and toys, or playing word games are all part of literacy development.


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