BookSmart

BookSmart

BookSmart is a free digital library of books appropriate for children 3-12 years old. It features hundreds of books in numerous languages, including English and Spanish. It can be used to enhance in- and out-of-school reading, to help parents engage in conversations around books, and to provide book access and programming for out-of-school clubs and libraries. This platform can be viewed as a website or downloaded as an app on any electronic device that uses iOS or Android software. No personal information is required to access these digital books. Simply visit booksmart.world/facct to get started, or click the link below.

Supporting Your Child’s Learning at Home

Supporting Your Child’s Learning at Home

Learning to read begins at home through everyday interactions with children, long before they attend
school. Supporting literacy development as children enter elementary school and progress through grades positively affects their reading ability. The Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (REL-SE) provides family activities with easy-to-follow instructions to help children practice foundational reading skills at home for students in kindergarten through grade 3. This resource provides short family videos for tips and support on how to use the activities to help children grow as readers. Using the family activities at home can help children develop language, link sounds to letters, blend letters and word parts to read and write the words and ultimately read for understanding.

Parent Guides for B.E.S.T. Standards English Language Arts

Parent Guides for B.E.S.T. Standards English Language Arts

The B.E.S.T. Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) are literacy standards for Florida students that will shape their education and make Florida the most literate state in the nation. Parent Guides are available to help families learn more about the B.E.S.T. ELA Standards for students in grades kindergarten through grade 8. This resource provides suggested book lists, activities to encourage learning at home in ways that are fun for parents and children and important educational (academic) words that parents will see in their child’s grade-level standards.

New Worlds Reading Initiative

New Worlds Reading Initiative

New Worlds Reading is Florida’s free at-home literacy program to help eligible VPK through 5th grade students in Florida bolster literacy skills, build reading confidence, and foster a lifelong love of reading. Each month, eligible kids receive a free book tailored to their interests with resources and activities for caregivers and children to use together. The UF Lastinger Center for Learning administers the program and selected Scholastic as a partner. Books are selected in collaboration with the Florida Department of Education and are available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and braille. For more information, visit newworldsreading.com.

Transition to Kindergarten

Transition to Kindergarten

Transition to Kindergarten resources are provided for families to ensure that their child(ren) start kindergarten ready to learn and continues to thrive during the school year.