University of Iowa

Oral Language

Speaking and listening skills are the foundation of literacy development in children. Oral language serves as the basis for written language.

Mother and child reading together

Caregiver Involvement When Reading Books to Children

By:  
Anna Gibbs, M.Ed.
Chang-Jen Lin, M.Ed.
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

Posted on: April 23, 2019
Children’s literacy development benefits when they discuss four key elements of stories read by their caregivers.

IDEA

The IDEA strategy uses four key components drawn from research that caregivers can easily implement to teach and practice literacy skills when reading to children at home.

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