• Reading is the foundation of success for all subject areas.Teachers work with students in small groups to explicitly focus on reading skills. K-3 students spend a large amount of time learning to decode specific letters and/or groups of letters. Help your child practice these skills by sounding out word lists and decodable texts.These resources are regularly sent home by teachers. Older students may still need support in these areas but should also be encouraged to begin reading more challenging texts. A great way to do this is to expose your child to nonfiction text. All our classrooms and library have a great assortment of these books available for check out. All students benefit from exposure to a large number of vocabulary words and background knowledge.Talk with your child about daily events, what happened during school, and what they are reading. Take time to use new vocabulary and explain the meanings of these words during discussions. Discuss events from books your child is reading to help them build their understanding. Go beyond the text and search the internet for more information on the characters, events, or time period portrayed in the book.