As distance learning continues and summer approaches, parents and teachers may be wondering how to encourage children to keep reading while at home. All young readers need to practice reading outside of school, but it is especially essential for dyslexic learners to intentionally practice reading over the summer so they don’t forget helpful skills. But reading doesn’t have to be a chore for children or their parents! Learn about the top dyslexia resources available to help encourage young learners to read for pleasure.
Storyline Online is a literacy website from the SAG-AFTRA Foundation that features famous actors and actresses reading beloved children’s books aloud, accompanied by beautiful illustrations. Plus, if you have a copy of the book at home, your children can follow along with the video. Studies show that reading aloud to children helps improve reading, writing, and communication skills. If parents have grown tired of reading the same story aloud at bedtime every night, find a new story that your child will love on Storyline Online.
With themed book lists, author interviews, and a “Book Finder” that can search titles based on your child’s interests, the only problem may be finding too many new books that your student wants to read! Finding an engaging story is a roadblock for many young readers, but this site helps break down that barrier and encourages students to read for pleasure. Reading Rockets also offers valuable resources for parents, teachers, and other educators to use as they work with and encourage young readers.
Members of Learning Ally have unlimited access to human-read audiobooks and a helpful range of educator tools. An annual membership to this reading resource exists for at-home use, although many schools purchase Learning Ally for schools which their students can then access. With an extensive library of over 80,000 audiobooks for students in elementary, middle, and high school, this resource was specifically designed to assist dyslexic students and other individuals with learning differences. In this chaotic time of distance learning when reading can be a welcome escape, Learning Ally is offering discounts and fee waivers to certain individuals who would not otherwise have access to this valuable resource.
Created as a service of the National Center for Learning Disabilities to help young children develop early literacy skills prior to entering kindergarten, Get Ready to Read is a site packed with engaging and educational activities to help children master reading skills. From activity cards to online games, these activities let kids have fun as they expand their reading and language skills. In addition to activities for young learners, Get Ready to Read also provides parents with valuable resources, such as screening tools to help understand your child’s abilities, clear recommendations for helping children transition to kindergarten, and research-based articles.
Whether your child has a dyslexia diagnosis or has trouble mastering some specific reading and language skills, these resources can help children learn to read and transition into reading for pleasure. A break from school over the summer is the perfect time to encourage young readers to dive into a good book!
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