literacy

The quality or state of being literate, especially the ability to read and write, listen and speak.

In today's fast-moving world, it is critical that students develop the literacy skills they need to be able to read, write, think and communicate effectively. These literacy skills are a major component of the Idaho Core Standards, which were adopted as part of a statewide effort to ensure Idaho students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to be successful beyond high school.

Our teachers and staff help students develop these literacy skills in a number of different ways. In our elementary schools the focus is providing students with a strong foundation in reading, as well as writing. Students are also being introduced to a wider variety of reading materials, including more non-fiction. They also are writing more, and are being encouraged to develop a point of view and then support it with research. In our secondary schools, teachers are using Literacy Design Collaboratives or LDCs to teach literacy in all content areas including subjects such as PE, music and science.  

Support Your Child's Learning At Home:

  • Be sure reading is encouraged and rewarded at home.

  • Read together as a family. As your child matures as a reader, take turns reading to him or having her read to you.

  • Encourage your child to read different kinds of material such like poetry, science or other non-fiction or newspaper or magazine articles about topics that interest them.

  • Buy your child a subscription to a magazine such as National Geographic Kids or Sports Illustrated Kids or Highlights.

  • Encourage your child to write. Children can easily write letters, Thank You notes or record family activities in a journal.