There are an abundance of resources that exist to help parents encourage literacy and/or support a struggling reader at home. Here are a few of our recommendations:
AdLit.org - AdLit.org, or All About Adolescent Literacy, supports parents and teachers of students in grades 4–12. Take a look at this site if you have older children because it offers information on college readiness and awareness. Another highlight is the “Ask the Experts” page, which allows you to submit questions about students and reading so a team of experts can help you find answers.
K12 Reader - This site offers free reading instruction resources for teachers and parents. If you’re looking for practice materials for your child, you can find worksheets and detailed program supplements for reading, spelling, sight words, grammar, phonics, comprehension, writing, and more.
Oxford Owl - This is a reading and math website that helps children ages 3 to 11. The “Expert Help” tab of the website’s reading portion offers resources on helping struggling readers, encouraging reading, and working on issues including phonics, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Check out the ideas Oxford Owl suggests for games and activities.
PBS Parents - PBS Parents offers two reading-related sections under the “Education” tab. The age range extends from infancy to third grade. The “Reading Activities” section lists great ideas for reading on the go, making it easier for you to fit in practice throughout the day. If you’re looking for book recommendations, the “Bookfinder” feature is an excellent tool that allows you to search by age, book theme, keyword, and whether your child intends to read aloud or silently.
Reading Rockets - On Reading Rockets, visit the “Helping Struggling Readers” page if your child is having trouble learning to read. Click on “Start the Target the Problem!” activity to open a tool that defines a variety of reading difficulties, such as fluency and comprehension, and explains how kids, parents, and teachers can recognize signs of the difficulty. This tool also links to a “How to Help” page, which offers tips to both children and their parents regarding how they can work on the issue.
ReadWriteThink - The International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English are a couple of the partners sponsoring ReadWriteThink, a website that offers resources for grades K–12. Under the “Parent & Afterschool Resources” tab, visit the podcast section to find book reviews for different age groups. You can also find links to the “Activities & Projects,” “Games & Tools,” “Tips & How-To’s,” and “Printouts” pages.
Scholastic - In the “Parents” section of Scholastic, look for resources under the “Books & Reading” tab, such as Reading Resources & Help for Ages 8–10. A new feature that stands out is the e-reader app, Storia.
For parents of struggling readers - Read this article, 10 Things Parents Need to Know to Help a Struggling Reader, written by a special education teacher who helps struggling readers with different disabilities.