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Helping Your Child Learn To Read
When children become good readers in the early grades, they are more likely to become better learners throughout their school years and beyond. Learning to read is hard work for children. Fortunately, research is now available that suggests how to give each child a good start in reading. Becoming a reader involves the development of important skills, including learning to:

  • Use language in conversation
  • Listen and respond to stories read aloud
  • Recognize and name the letters of the alphabet
  • Listen to the sounds of spoken language
  • Connect the sounds to letters to figure out the "code" of reading
  • Read often so that recognizing words becomes easy and automatic
  • Learn and use new words
  • Understand what is read
Parents interested in receiving additional information about helping their child learn to read can order a free copy of "Put Reading First: A Parent Guide" by:

  • Calling the U.S. Department of Education's Publications Center (ED Pubs) toll-free at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827); TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734; FAX: 1-301-470-1244;
  • Ordering online at:; or
  • Writing to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.

About Extra Credit
NCLB Extra Credit is a regular look at the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush's landmark education reform initiative passed with bipartisan support in Congress.

If you would like the NCLB Extra Credit emailed to you, please send a request to Geoff Goodman at or call (202) 205-9191.


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