Leeyseras.net is a new online resource that can help young Latino children acquire the skills and knowledge they need to start school prepared and ready to learn. It’s the newly redesigned companion web site for Lee y serás (“Read and You Will Be”), a national Latino early-literacy initiative and curriculum developed by Scholastic Inc. in collaboration with the National Council of La Raza, a leading voice for Latino Americans in the United States, and the Verizon Foundation. The site gives parents and caregivers free access to the Lee y serás curriculum, which builds on the multifaceted, traditions of Latino culture that support literacy and learning–storytelling, poetry, and song–and emphasizes the role parents play as their children’s first teachers. The web site offers downloadable and printable materials for parents, educators, and child-care providers to help build early-literacy skills. Child-friendly templates, educational games, and interactive activities help Latino children learn and have fun. Educators, community leaders, and researchers are featured in the web site’s podcasts and videocasts. The site also helps build an online community, with visitors posing questions and ideas via the Lee y serás blog. Online chats are scheduled to begin later this year.
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