Those wonderful people at RIF have done it again. Carol Rasco, CEO of Reading is Fundamental, dropped by the Book Chook blog today to tell us about a great tool to develop early literacy skills. It's called Our Book By Us, and it's available from the National Writing Project site. RIF, NWP and the College Board's National Commission on Writing collaborated to produce the booklet, written in English and Spanish.
You can buy the print book, or download a pdf copy for free. I liked the six minibooks inside about a character called Sugarloaf, and the way the follow-up activities echoed what Sugarloaf was doing in the stories. Also in the booklet, there's a wonderful list of simple but creative literacy activities parents can do to help their kids develop the communication skills that are so vital to their future success. Peter H. Reynolds' illustrations are perfect for the pre-schoolers the book targets.
While I was at the NWP site, I took the opportunity to look around. There are several good resources there, including this great list of 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing (mostly aimed at Upper Primary/Secondary aged students).