Literacy Resources

  • Providing resources to help families become effective supporters in their child's education.

    At HMC-1, we understand school readiness is key for students to be successful in school and sometimes, it can be difficult to do it alone. Our goal with our Literacy Resources Page is to provide an ongoing home with different resources for families to access to support learning at home. These resources are just the beginning and will continue to grow and develop over time. Looking for something specific? Reach out to your child's teacher or contact our district office at (816) 316-7000 and ask to speak with our Academic Office. We are here to support our families however possible!


    Dear Parent/Guardian,

    This year you will be hearing a lot about the Science of Reading in your child’s K-5 classroom. The Science of Reading is not a curriculum but refers to reading and brain research conducted over the past 20 years. The research has given us a better understanding of how children learn to read and the best methods to use.

    The Missouri State Department of Education is using the Science of Reading to inform educational policies and better align curriculum and assessments. In HMC-1 we are working towards getting all k-2 teachers trained in LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling).  We also utilize a reading curriculum that addresses the essential reading domains systematically. Our k-5 students receive differentiated reading instruction through small group lessons, individualized daily reading, and opportunities for independent practice.  We also provide tier 2 reading support through the SIPPS program – Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words.

    The Science of Reading has also given us a better understanding of what effective at-home support looks like.  Here are some simple ideas for meaningful learning at home:

    • Singing together - Family favorites and made-up silly songs bring attention to word sounds and build phonological awareness.

    • Rhyming games - As you prepare dinner, “I’ll get you a plate. What is a word that rhymes with plate?” Gate, rate, bait.

    • Attention to syllables - Waiting in line at the store “Mommy - let’s clap the syllables in mommy - mom*my. How many did you hear?”

    • Alliteration - The beginning sound, challenge your child to think of words that start with the first sound in their name. For example, ‘Robert- rrrr…rabbit, rrrr…ravioli, rrrr…rain.

    • Segmentation - Calling attention to individual sounds. Driving to school say, “The /s/ /u/ /n/ is bright. What was the word? Blend it together.’ Ssssuuuun - SUN!”

    • Phonics - Ask your student to help you write out grocery lists using sounds and letters they’ve learned.

    • More phonics fun - Work together to labeling items around the house with post-it notes.

    • And of course, reading to your child is a great way to support literacy at home.

Science of Reading