Parent Information


Parent Information


What are the fundamental skills necessary for learning to read?

More than 20 years of research has shown that there are certain kinds of skills that are especially important for your child to be ready to learn to read. These skills include:

  • Print knowledge – a child’s understanding of books, printed letters, and words
  • Emergent writing – a child’s first efforts to create and use print in a meaningful way
  • Linguistic awareness – a child’s understanding of how words and language work

What else can I do?

  1. Talk with your child’s teachers and caregivers about including early literacy screening and activities in their programs on a regular basis.
  2. Make sure that you take part in discussions about your child’s literacy development. Ask your child’s teachers and caregivers what you can do to help your child.
  3. Find ways to make early literacy activities part of your daily life, such as when you go shopping or take a walk.
  4. Become a member of the IDA – Click Here to sign up


Wilson Anderson, founder of our IDA Kansas Missouri Branch, is in the news!
We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you that Wilson Anderson, TeamQuest participant and member of the IDA Board of Directors, was recently featured in an online article for his tutoring and consulting work for students with dyslexia. Click here to read the article, which mentions his TeamQuest reading marathon on May 26 to raise funds for IDA and encourage people to visit the IDA website for more information about dyslexia. TEAMQUEST is IDA’s largest fundraising effort ever & Wilson Anderson is participating without lacing up his running shoes. Maybe this will spark ideas for ways our members can participate whether or not you are a runner.

Thank you for your generous support of Wilson Anderson and TeamQuest!


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