I'm currently working on an assignment for a phonics class I am taking..I need to address how parents and teachers can help with illiteracy problem. Reading to your child is the easiest way to help, but what if the parent can't read? When I started brainstorming ways a teacher can help parents help their children I started thinking about the parents who can't read or who are immigrants and don't speak English. How can they help? Do you help the parents find resources to help them learn to read? What if they work two jobs to get food on the table or don't have a car or time to get help? I work in a pretty afflent area and haven't come across this issue, but I'm curious how teachers who work in title schools and high poverty areas deal with it. How can we stop illiteracy from being passed from one generation to the next? It's such a huge problem!! This class has really got me thinking!! Another question..... I'm taking this class because I don't feel I received enough training in phonics..I think I had one class (I teach 4th grade). I was reading an article about teaching reading and how much training it really takes to be an effective reading teacher...It scares me to think I haven't been trained enough!! How much training did you receive in your teacher preperation program? Do you think it was enough? Do you think your an effective reading teacher?