Literacy, and especially early literacy, is critical for student success. Parents and families are key to the development of children’s literacy. From birth on, the role of family can help to determine a child’s path in this area. Early intervention and activities (talking and singing to babies; reading to toddlers and young children) are important, and the role of families in literacy does not end when their child enters school. There is a continuous partnership between family, school and community that keeps this crucial area of learning growing. No matter what the literacy level of the parents and families, their interest, involvement, concern and caring make a difference in the literacy skills of their children.
The National PTA® and Amazon Kindle have teamed up to offer a new Family Reading Experience program hosted by local PTAs in cities across the United States. The PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle is a set of free activities that engage the entire family. The activities focus on improving the reading skills of children between kindergarten and fifth grade.
The program brings together all five domains of reading including:
- phonological awareness
The curriculum, which National PTA developed in consultation with family engagement and literacy experts, includes activities with both physical books and e-books.