Monday, April 23, 2012

Summer Reading Tips

A great tip from the Iowa Reading Association for parents to help their children with reading during the summer. TV time can be turned into a summer-reading opportunity if parents turn on the captioning feature while lowering the volume.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Multisyllable Work Continues

Our multisyllable work is moving along. The students are picking up the information and gestures quite easily. They enjoy the flashcards and sorting syllables. They are learning what a pseudoword word is. The hardest part is for me, the teacher, to always present the questioning in the same order so that the students will do the same. Five minutes at the beginning of a class period is perfect and I am getting use to setting the timer. They love being the "teacher" and setting up the examples and asking the questions. The small group is a bit intimidating as far as the power responses I had hoped for. I keep pushing them and trying to make it fun. My goal of better word accuracy because of this program is yet to be determined. The program has certainly made me look at words differently.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Trying Something Different

I was introduced to a multisyllable intervention plan at the Iowa Reading Association conference last spring. I have noticed a need for some basic word attack skills in my older students (3rd & 4th grades). The plan was created by the 95 Percent Group, Inc. My hope is that it will provide instruction on how to apply knowledge of syllable types and divisions in order to read multisyllable words. So far we are learning the gestures and routines for closed syllables. The plan works well in a small group setting and we use a timer to make sure we stay within the planned time frame. I am getting use to the language and the order of each lesson and of course, it gets easier the more I do it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Washington Book Fair October 31-November 3

It is a great thing to start life
with a small number
of really good books 
which are your very own.
--Francis Bacon

Monday, September 26, 2011

Reading Lab, a Reading Intervention Strategy

Reading Lab is an important part of the Fairfield Community School District. It is offered in all of the elementary schools and in 5th, 6th and 7th grade at the Middle School. This program is a federally funded program called Title 1. The program is designed to help students improve their basic reading skills. At Washington Elementary we refer to this instruction as reading intervention. Early in September, the parents of Title 1 students will receive a letter in the mail telling them the reason their student will be given the opportunity to participate and what our goal is for that student.

Monday, September 5, 2011


Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Safari who?
Safari, so good.

     School has started and we are excited to be back! It is fun to see friends, teachers, new books and new rooms. This blog is for parents, friends, and teachers who want to keep up with news from the Washington School Reading Lab. The Title 1 program, called Reading Lab, is a supplemental reading program.
     Title 1 teachers from across the district have been working with kindergarteners this past week. We want to provide the best instruction possible and we use some assessments to help us know the areas we need to work in. It is a good opportunity for me to meet these little people who are new to our school and a chance for them to meet one more person who is a member of the Washington family. Learning to read and appreciate books is off to a good start! So far, so good.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Summer--Don't Forget to Read

     Summer is a great time for families. Make it a great learning time for your kids. Help them continue those good reading habits they developed during the school year. Children who don't read on a regular basis during the summer start school in the fall already behind. They will waste valuable time in August and September trying to catch up.

     I found this great article about summer reading.  It says everything I wanted to say to the parents of my Title 1 students as we head into summer.
***The following information comes from the ccld (The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities). I found it at a site called LD Online, which is their official Internet site.

Summer Reading Tips for Parents

Summer shouldn't mean taking a break from learning, especially reading. Studies show that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read actually gain skills. Efforts should be made during the summer to help children sustain reading skills, practice reading and read for enjoyment.

Reading builds visualization, thinking and language abilities. Taking the time to read with your child can help you evaluate your child's reading skills. A recent National Institutes of Health study showed that 67 percent of young students at risk for reading difficulties became average or above average readers after receiving help in the early grades.

Parents should remember that children need free time in the summer to relax and enjoy the pleasures of childhood. So summer reading should be fun. Following are a few tips to make reading enjoyable for your children this summer:

1. Read aloud together with your child every day. Find a place outside!

2. Set a good example. Let children see you turn off the television and read.

3. Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it.

4. Let kids choose what they want to read, and don't turn your nose up at popular fiction.

5. Buy books on tape, especially for a child with a learning disability.

6. Take your child to the library regularly.

7. Subscribe, in your child's name, to magazines like Sports Illustrated for Kids, Highlights for Children, or National Geographic World.

8. Ease disappointment over summer separation from a favorite school friend by encouraging them to become pen pals.  Reading and writing support each other.

9. Make trips a way to encourage reading by reading aloud traffic signs, billboards, notices.

10. Encourage children to keep a summer scrapbook.

Have a great summer!  See you in the fall!