California has adopted a new Reading/Language Arts Framework for kindergarten through 12th grade, which will be released late this spring and which is designed to provide a blueprint for organizing the public school reading curriculum and instruction. As one of its guiding principles, the framework emphasizes that children must be fluent readers at least by the end of third grade, which is in accord with The Sun's Reading by 9 point of view.
Many of the ideas outlined in the framework are already being tried in schools across the country, but some of these topics still have areas of concern. There is general agreement, however, that the role of parents/caregivers is essential in the language and reading development of their children. Some ways in which parents/caregivers can participate in the development of a reading plan at their child's school are by:
* Supporting the respect for the value of education.
* Serving on advisory committees or volunteering to help in the schools.
* Being well-informed about the language arts curriculum their children receive.
* Being aware about the progress their children are making in reading.
* Providing extended learning experiences at home and READING ALOUD to their child!
You will find more useful parent tips for helping your child learn to read at the Web site www.csbe. ca.gov/
Pub Date: 03/24/99