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The Literacy Gallery
Supporting Parents and Other Caregivers

Welcome! Browse, contemplate, and engage in this unique area dedicated to parents, grandparents, and other caregivers interested in connecting with educators and others, driven by the desire to help your child continue to grow.  This newly launched website will continue to expand.  Visit often.  Leave us your contact information for news and announcements.


We believe that learning is built into all of us from birth and much of learning is a natural process that emerges from the interaction of children with parents and other human beings and with the world. Their goal is to make meaning of the surroundings in whatever way they can.

Here we will explore children learning language – both print and voice – with an emphasis on Learning to Talk, Learning to Read, and Learning to Write.  Our goal is to offer you abundant descriptive episodes revealing ways in which you can support your children’s learning in these areas. 

In the words of Debra Crouch and Brian Cambourne,

“All children are made for learning.”

Index to All Learning Episodes


Spoken language builds the foundation for learning to read and write.  Starting at birth, parents and caregivers naturally surround a child with talk.  Babies hear us talking with one another, they listen when we speak to them and about them.  And they are eager to mimic us as they experiment with their first words.  In this section, click on episodes to discover ways you can encourage and nurture your child’s natural curiosity about language and their ability to communicate through talk.

Brady Learns to Sign

How Do We Help Our Littlest Ones to Communicate?

Brady’s Shoes

Positive Responses That Encourage Learners

Avery Begins Her Journey

A Road on a Child’s Journey to Becoming Literate

I Remember

Parents: A Child’s First Teacher 


Reading is about making meaning in print.  Learning to read should be as natural, real, and stress-free as learning to talk.  Reading opens up a child’s imagination and provides access to knowledge about the world around them.  From selecting the right books, to holding your child in your lap as you read your first books together, to their first attempts at reading, your child’s lifelong love of reading begins at home.  In this section, click on episodes to discover how you, your child’s first teacher, can create opportunities to explore printed language.

Amir Figures It Out

Meaning Matters Most 

Just Imagine

Benefits of a parent and their child tapping into their imaginations as they explore the world together

I Read the Words Right

Reading Is About Understanding the Story 

One Child’s Journey

Never Give Up


A Bedtime Story

Nurturing the Love of Reading and Strengthening the Bond Between Parent and Child


A Lively Conversation 

Sharing a Book and a Conversation 


But the Words Are Bigger

Unlocking the Meaning


 Flashlight Reading!

Reading Books Together Builds Key Relationships


 I Only Read the “Pink” Books

Reading With a Little One 


A Good Idea! 

A Book and the Opportunities it Gives 


Luke and Mother Octopus: A Moment of Enlightenment 

A Time of Wonder, Curiosity and Discovery


Turner Makes a Book 

Reading My Own Writing


We write for a variety of purposes.  Children learn early on that they can share their own ideas with others by telling their story through drawing and writing.  With positive feedback from a parent or caregiver, and with practice, young children gain confidence in expressing themselves and becoming enthusiastic young writers.  In this section, click on episodes to discover how you can help your child become that enthusiastic writer.

Piper’s Notes

Nurturing Our Youngest Writers

Luke Writes a Poem

Learning to Write: Planting the Seeds 

Surprise Box

Our Littles Need Time and Opportunity to Write

What’s for Lunch

Purposeful Everyday Writing


Sidewalk Chalk

All They Need Is Support


Turner Makes a Book 

Reading My Own Writing


Landon’s Zoo

Kids Need the Time and Opportunity to Write

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