Supporting Literacy Skills for Upper Grade Elementary Students: A Resource for Spanish-speaking Parents

Often times, parents believe that because they do not speak English, they cannot support their student’s literacy skills at home. There is also a common misconception that if students learn English and Spanish simultaneously, they will suffer in English language and literacy. However, there is research that proves that if students are literate in their native language, they actually pick up English literacy skills quicker than if they were not literate in their native language. There is also research that demonstrates the positive impact of parent involvement on student academics. Using this information, I have compiled resources that will provide English and Spanish-speaking parents with simple, yet effective strategies to support literacy growth in upper grade elementary students.