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News | March 24, 2011

Resources to Support Reading at Home: Now Available in Spanish


ReadWriteThink.org, like many educators in the field, is a strong proponent of parental involvement in a child’s literacy education; however, this can be challenging when working with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

To support Spanish-speaking parents, ReadWriteThink is pleased to announce a new collection of tips and activities translated in Spanish for use at home. These resources span grades K–12 and cover important literacy topics, such as “How to Help a Child Choose a Book” and “How to Be Safe Online”. Parents can read these tips and use the information to feel more confident in helping their children develop as skilled readers and writers. A selection of short, engaging activities are also available in Spanish. These activities explain the skills that are being reinforced and provide easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for conducting the activities at home.

Individual tips and activities can be printed from the site and sent home with parents to support what is being taught in the classroom. Parents can also visit the collection directly to find materials that meet their own needs or interests. A parent cover sheet is provided to explain the purpose of the collection and how the Spanish resources can be accessed online.

“The collection of tips and activities on ReadWriteThink are fantastic for parents to utilize at home with their children,” says Joe Wiemelt, Director of Bilingual & Multicultural Programs at the Urbana School District 116. “It’s great to see that they have translated them into Spanish to provide more families with access to this wonderful resource.”

ReadWriteThink.org is a nonprofit website maintained by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, in association with Verizon Thinkfinity.