Early Literacy & Read by Grade 3 Law

Read at Home

Parent Overview

Activities and Resources

Grades K-1
* Phonemic Awareness K-1
* Phonics K-1
* Fluency K-1
* Vocabulary K-1
* Comprehension K-1

Grades 2-3
* Phonemic Awareness 2-3
* Phonics 2-3
* Fluency 2-3
* Vocabulary 2-3
* Comprehension 2-3

General Resources

"Parents are a child’s first teacher, and home is the child’s first classroom.”

Dear Parents,

Several years ago, the state of Michigan passed the Read by Grade 3 Law. One way that schools support students is by providing parents with a “Read at Home Plan” to help their children improve their literacy. While the law requires a Read at Home Plan only for specific students identified through testing, we believe that all students can benefit when their parents support reading at home.

The simplest and most helpful way you can support your child’s literacy is to ensure that your child reads at home for at least 20 minutes per day.

Reading with your child at home each day is a proven way to promote early literacy and overall school achievement. Taking steps to ensure that your child is reading on grade level by third grade is one of the most important things you can do to prepare him or her for the future. By reading with your child for 20 minutes per day and making a few simple activities a part of your daily home routine, you can make a positive impact on your child’s success in school.

Suggestions for activities and resources at home are available to the left and on paper from your school office. We hope these suggestions will support your child’s literacy growth and support you in working together with your child’s teacher.

Elson Liu
Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
Howell Public Schools

* Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and distinguish different sounds: K-1 activities | 2-3 activities
* Phonics is the ability to understand the relationship between letters and the sounds they represent: K-1 activities | 2-3 activities
* Fluency is the ability to read with sufficient speed and expression to support understanding: K-1 activities | 2-3 activities
* Vocabulary is the knowledge and memory of word meanings: K-1 activities | 2-3 activities
* Comprehension is the ability to understand and draw meaning from text: K-1 activities | 2-3 activities

General Resources

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