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Parent Tips

There are a variety of strategies that you may use at home to help develop your pre-teen child's Information Literacy skills. Here are some examples:

  • Cultivate a home environment that encourages asking questions.
  • Encourage your child to seek information before making decisions.
  • Discuss the different ways to solve problems and how using information can help.
  • Share with your child the types of sources you use to help reach conclusions.
  • Integrate reading into your family's daily lifestyle by reading signs, posters, cereal boxes etc together with your child.
  • Read a story with your child and throughout the story ask them to predict what may happen next. At the end of the story, ask them to summarize the main point of the story.
  • Volunteer in your child's school library.
  • Suggest a family outing to the local museum or public library.
  • Familiarize yourself with IS-21 by investigating this website and viewing the introductory video.
  • Create a family social media account (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Youtube etc.) and discuss both the joys and the perils (i.e. bullying, copyright, privacy) of using these sites.
  • If your child is using ePEARL along with IS-21, regularly access their ePEARL and provide positive feedback on their progress as they conduct their IS-21 research.