Back to School: Home Reading Helper

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Five reasons to use THIS EARLY LITERACY TOOL this school year

We know searching online for resources and trusted direction can not only be daunting but, at times, expensive. Last fall, Read Charlotte launched a new website designed specifically for parents to help their kids with reading & writing skills: Tens of thousands of users have been exploring and using the site and we hope you will, too!

Empowering families is a key focus area for Read Charlotte. The organization works to find or create tools that are not only proven to work but realistic for families to incorporate into their busy lives. As you get back into the groove this school year, there’s no better time to check out this website and find fun literacy activities, videos, games and printable materials to support what your kids are learning.

Help your child soar this year and bookmark today! We hope you find it useful (and even fun) as you’re looking for ways to help your child succeed in both school and in life.


“I appreciate this website for filling a void that I struggled with as I taught my child to read,” says Shakara A., a parent of a local student. “Moving forward we will most definitely be using Home Reading Helper. It’s so easy to navigate! Thank you!”

Here are 5 Reasons to try

  • It’s FREE. That’s right. You can find a slew of ideas & activities at your fingertips to print off for the refrigerator door, refer to online or on your phone, what have you—FREE of charge!
  • You don’t have to be a teacher to use it. It’s 2019. There’s a lot of good stuff on the internet. But when it comes to supporting kid’s reading skills, some of what you find online speaks to teachers instead of families. The website was designed for parents and aims to give you useable content, while eliminating the headache of figuring out how to make classroom ideas work for a busy parent.
  • It covers a wide age range. The content on the website ranges Pre-K through 3rd Grade. If you want to work with your child on getting him/her prepared to learn to read, you’ve come to the right place. If your child is just beginning to read, you’ve come to the right place. If your child is already reading and you would like to help him/her refine those skills, you guessed it—you’ve come to the right place!    
  • It’s packed with ideas for both on-track and struggling readers. We get to talk about with families across the county and learn that some folks assume the website is only for kids who are behind. As children move along the Reading Success Pathway to College & Career Ready by the end of 3rd grade, there are plenty of areas to strengthen skills. There’s no better way to ensure your children become strong readers than by supporting their learning all along the way at home. No matter what reading level your child is currently on, there’s something for everyone.
  • Language doesn’t have to be a barrier. The website is enabled with Google Translate. In the top right-hand corner, the text on the entire site can be switched to over 100 languages on the fly! All video subtitles can be translated as well following the directions below each video box.
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