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Literacy Helps for Parents

Do you and your child dread reading? Is reading time a battle? Are you unsure how to help? The Literacy Department has tools, games, and tips for how to make reading a positive, productive experience. Borrow the ideas below, or visit us for additional help.

Reading is Like a Puzzle

There are many pieces to building successful reading skills. Here is a suggested 30-minute outline with adjustable pieces to address your child's specific needs.

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Sight Words (4 minutes)

Sight words are common words that kids should memorize so that they can recognize them quickly without having to sound them out. Sight words include words like "and" "they" "there" & "could."

Check your child's sight word comprehension with the downloadable chart below. For more lists of sightwords and common phrases, contact Linda or your child's teacher.

Sight Word Examples

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Word Families (4 minutes)

Word families are groups of words with common patterns. The words "black" "pack" "jack" and "snack" are a word family because they all use the "-ack" sound and letters.

Check your child's word family recognition with the downloadable chart below. For more lists of word families, contact Linda or your child's teacher.

Word Family Examples

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Shared Reading (10-15 minutes)

Take turns reading with your child. The goal is to move a story along even if your child isn't fluent or can't quite make the whole thing flow by themselves. Examples of shared reading could include:

  • You read a page, they read a page (or paragraph, or sentence, etc.)
  • You read until you reach a word they know
  • You read a page, then they read the same page back to you (or paragraph)

Pick a book that is on their level and enjoyable for both of you!

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Game (5-10 minutes)

Most kids get bored and antsy after sitting for so long. Break it up with a game that gets them excited again!

Game Ideas

  • Write words on sticky notes and place them around the room. Give your child a clean fly swatter or spatula. Call out words one at a time and have your child find and swat them.
  • Write words on an inflatable beach ball. Take turns throwing the ball back and forth. Read whichever word lands closest to your thumb(s).
  • Write words on paper squares and make a matching game. Read each word aloud as you take turns flipping the papers.
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Writing (a few words)

Write 3 or 4 words from the things you practiced earlier. Writing helps solidifiy words and build fine motor skills.

If your child is reluctant, try letting him or her pick the writing tool (crayon, marker, pencil, etc.). You can even write in the sand or with water and a paintbrush on the sidewalk.

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Make Reading Fun!

The goal is to make reading fun for everyone, not a chore! The Literacy Department is here to help you. Contact Linda for more lists, activities, and ideas to help your child succeed!

Additional Library Programs


Upcoming Literacy Classes
Thu, Mar 07, 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 3
Practice speaking, reading, and writing English with other students.
Registration is now closed

Thu, Mar 07, 10:30am - 11:30am
Library basement
Practice speaking, reading, and writing English with other students.
Registration is now closed

Mon, Mar 11, 10:30am - 11:30am
Library basement
Practice speaking, reading, and writing English with other students.
Registration is now closed

Mon, Mar 11, 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1
Practice speaking, reading, and writing English with other students.

Thu, Mar 14, 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 3
Practice speaking, reading, and writing English with other students.
Registration is now closed

Thu, Mar 14, 10:30am - 11:30am
Library basement
Practice speaking, reading, and writing English with other students.
Registration is now closed

Mon, Mar 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Library basement
Practice speaking, reading, and writing English with other students.
Registration is now closed

Mon, Mar 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1
Practice speaking, reading, and writing English with other students.

Thu, Mar 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 3
Practice speaking, reading, and writing English with other students.
Registration is now closed

Thu, Mar 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
Library basement
Practice speaking, reading, and writing English with other students.
Registration is now closed

Note about Stay-On-Track

Because of limited availability, our Stay-On-Track program is offered to students by invite only. There are no open signups. Elementary teachers distribute a fixed number of application materials from the Literacy Department at the end of each school year.

Location 

Brigham City Library, Basement

26 East Forest Street

Brigham City, UT 84302

Office Hours 

Monday: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm

Tuesday: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm

Thursday: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm

Contact Literacy

Coordinator: Linda Ashcraft

Phone: 435-734-6495

Email: Online Form



We are a ProLiteracy member organization

The Box Elder County Literacy Program is an organizational member of ProLiteracy.