The 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.

Supporting Your Children's and Teens' Home Learning Guide

In order to support families as schools provide virtual instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, this guide offers tips on establishing home learning areas, improving the home-based learning experience, and utilizing web resources for students kindergarten-Grade 6 and Grades 7-12 in the subjects of English-language arts, science, social studies, and history. Web resources for assistive technology for home learning are also included for students with reading disabilities.

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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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