This Guide will show you how ReadAskChat can help you advance children’s literacy and science learning, and readiness for overall school success.
Family Introduction to ReadAskChat
This scripted slideshow is easily customizable for your audience, and is perfect for family literacy night or to use in virtual parent meetings.
Videos for Families in English and Spanish
Thirty-six 1-minute videos, in English and Spanish, support adults in practicing the joyful ReadAskChat method of reading with children.
The ReadAskChat Data Portal
enables program managers to evaluate family engagement through multiple metrics—time spent reading the stories, use of the developmental conversation starters, and other engagement indicators. Aggregate data is useful for monitoring and reporting, while user-level data enable you to customize personal outreach and family-support programming.
Professional Development in Joyful Dialogic Reading
This 4-part series in the form of scripted slideshow presentations includes opportunities for participatory learning. Each module presents a deep dive into ReadAskChat’s joyful and easy dialogic reading method™ and the research supporting it. Presentations may be delivered online or in person.
- Kate M.
- Laura K.
- Trina A.
- Pamela B.
- Liz L.
- Anne A.
- Patricia B.
- Nichole C.
- Sharon F.
- Angie L.
- Pat I.
Talking with Children about Stories
How ReadAskChat can help you invite children into the reading process and make it joyful and participatory.
Encouraging Imagination and Storytelling
Why stories that spark the imagination enable children to learn new vocabulary and concepts and become eager to talk about and invent stories and to begin to read independently.
Curiosity and Science Learning
Why talking about what children observe nurtures their curiosity and confidence, and serves as the starting point for science learning and discovery.
Why asking questions about characters’ actions and feelings is helping children learn to read for meaning; why nondidactic, open-ended conversation must begin at the earliest age, and why doing so is such a critical skill for long-term school success.
Advancing Equity and Inclusion
The child-focused, learner-driven ReadAskChat method represents exemplary pedagogy for the equity classroom. By incorporating the ReadAskChat library into their curriculum—especially our signature Andie Stories—teachers can engage families in joyful dialogic reading and advance literacy learning while celebrating children’s diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences.