YMCA of Greater St. Louis

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YMCA of Greater St. Louis

Literacy Resources

 

One out of every three adults in St. Louis City and one out of every six adults in St. Louis County have low literacy skills.

Benefits of Improved Literacy Skills:


Speaker's Bureau

YMCA Community Literacy strives to eliminate low literacy as an issue in the St. Louis region. Y Literacy is happy to offer the following presentations to your organization free of charge in order to enhance public awareness of low literacy and its impact on our region. Click here for more info on the Speaker's Bureau.

 


 

Resources for Tutors

For some great resources for teaching specific skills, go to the Florida Center for Reading Research:  http://www.fcrr.org

Want to learn a new approach for teaching reading or English, find lesson plans and webinars at www.thinkfinity.org

Are you looking for more ideas on working with your ESL student, check out these 8 FREE, 30 minute videos at www.newamericanhorizons.org

Children with ADHD need creative teachers who believe in their worth and make accommodations for their disorder.  This link provides 30 ideas for teaching children with ADHD. www.kellybear.com

Here is a helpful article about teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. http://teaching.monster.com

Check out these helpful tips for tutoring a child in math. www.tutoringforsuccess.com

Children with ADHD need creative teachers who believe in their worth and make accommodations for their disorder.  This link provides 30 ideas for teaching children with ADHD. www.kellybear.com

 

Need resources for helping a student struggling with dyslexia? Take a look at these resources:

 

One easy trick is to use colored paper with her, there has been research that shows students with dyslexia can differentiate letters better when they look at them on colored paper.

Here is a helpful article about teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. http://teaching.monster.com

Do you have a student with dyslexia? Read this article to find out how the spoken word plays a key role in the disorder. Dyslexia article

This site has specific learning activities you can use with your student. http://www.dyslexiahelp.co.uk/teaching_tips.htm

Great website with ideas for reading, writing, spelling, and grammar. http://www.beatingdyslexia.com/reading-strategies.html

Check out the free worksheets available here http://www.american-dyslexia-association.com/Free/Worksheets.php

 


 

Resources for Literacy Providers

The Literacy Council program is happy to be a member of the Literacy Roundtable. For more information about this literacy consortium, visit their Web site at http://www.literacyroundtable.org.

The Literacy Council is an accredited member of ProLiteracy.  For more information about this international organization, visit their Web site at http://www.proliteracy.org.

Educational policy is important to maintaining a quality public education system.  To keep up to date on proposed Missouri legislation, please visit Children's Education Alliance's website at  www.childrenseducationalliance-mo.org/category/all-reforms-news/news

Beginning Babies with Books is proud to be involved with First Book. For more information about how to help provide new books for children in need, visit their website at http://www.firstbook.org

Reach Out and Read offers a wide variety of helpful early literacy resources for parents and medical providers. www.reachoutandread.org/resource-center/literacy-materials/

 


 

Resources for Students

Looking for interesting reading about current events?  Try The Literacy Tribune, a bi-monthly newsletter for adult learners.  www.theliteracytribune.org.

The Literacy Center Education Network provides free literacy games and activities.  Play them online or print them off and practice. www.literacycenter.net.

Check out dozens of fun reading games to challenge your brain! www.primarygames.com.

Here are some of the best interactive and educational learning games for grades K-5. http://interactivesites.weebly.com.

Reading is Fundamental provides young children ways to discover the joy of reading. www.rif.org/kids/leadingtoreading/en/leadingtoreading.htm

ABCya.com features educational games for grades K-5.  Learn math and language arts skills while having fun! www.abcya.com/

Kids can learn educational skills with their favorite Sesame Street characters here! www.sesamestreet.org/games-landing

 


 

Resources for Parents

Getting reading help for your child can relieve stress for the whole family.  However, if your child has special needs, reading tutoring may only be one resource of many that can help ensure your child succeeds in school.  For more information or parent education about how to help your child with special needs get support in school, visit IMPACT's website. http://ptimpact.org

For activites that help spark your child's interest in reading, visit http://www.rif.org.

Complete this checklist to see if your home is literacy-friendly. http://www.getreadytoread.org.

The International Reading Association has compiled some of the best choices for reading, broken down into choices by children, teachers, and young adults.  Check out suggested readings for your child. www.reading.org/Resources/Booklists.aspx.

Learning does not stop outside of the classroom.  Keep your children engaged in fun activities with these afterschool resources. http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/.

Here is a list of the best educational literacy apps you can download to your phone or tablet! The subjects include print awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, and writing. www.readingrockets.org/teaching/reading101/literacyapps/

Check out this article about literacy and how it can reduce crime and poverty. http://unewsonline.com/2012/04/26/boosting-literacy-can-reduce-crime-poverty-in-st-louis/