Learning, Leading, and Loving Literacy


Welcome Parents and Families!

This page is for general information about literacy at NSES and about our favorite sites and documents that you can access for more information.  For specific information about a certain grade level, click on the grade level pages at the top of the blog.

Understanding the new Common Core State Standards can be overwhelming at first.  The National PTA has published some easy-to-read parent guides to the Common Core Standards by grade level.  To link to those documents, click here: http://pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2910

For information about reaching grade level expectations at in literacy at NSES, click here:

Reaching Grade Level Literacy Expectations Parent Sheet

In North Smithfield, we use the Treasures Reading Program as our core reading program within the classroom.  Click on the link below to access the Macmillan/McGraw Hill company website for online activities including spelling, vocabulary, and computer literacy to match the grade level and unit that your child is working on.


Rhode Island has recently published the Rhode Island Comprehensive Literacy Plan (RICLP).  This plan supports educators and families to better understand the components of literacy birth to Grade 12 and it offers strategies, methods, resources and references.  Although the plan is lengthy, it is easy to navigate and find information.

For the complete RICLP, click here: http://www.ride.ri.gov/instruction/strivingreaders.aspx

For a family resource sheet about the RICLP, click here: http://www.ride.ri.gov/instruction/DOCS/RICLP/Family_Resource.pdf

Finally, there are countless websites that can offer parents more information about literacy or that can offer games and creative ways for your child to engage with literacy at home.  Here are our favorites:

  • Reading Rockets Reading Resources: www.readingrockets.org/index.php  Reading Rockets, a national multimedia project that looks at how young kids learn to read, offers free downloadable print guides for teachers and parents.
    This includes a teacher’s guide that contains instructional techniques and strategies based on what reading research shows is most effective, as well as a family guide available in Spanish, Hmong and Somali.
  • Scholastic: http://www.scholastic.com/home/  Scholastic offers links for parents and for students and frequently holds interactive activities and contests to get your children to read and share their love of reading with kids from around the world.  The games for kids section offers so many engaging and fun ways for students to practice literacy skills.
  • PBS:   www.pbskids.org and www.psbkids.org/go/index.html   These websites offer online literacy games and activities that use favorite PBS characters and shows.  A link to www.pbsparents.org will help parents learn about reading development and get book suggestions by age and grade level.
  • Storybird: http://storybird.com/  Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print.  Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards.  A fun way to get your kids to write and share stories.

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