Dec.We are working hard on increasing our accuracy and fluency.
Aug.
My Title I Reading class meets daily for 30 minutes. We will be working on reviewing the letters of the alphabet and the sounds associated with each letter. First graders are assessed several times each month. If a child is not routinely meeting the benchmarks on reading skills, he/she will generally join my class. With up to 6 students in a class, we have very focused lessons on the areas of reading where my students need to strengthen their skills.
The Title I reading program begins several weeks in the school year. We wait until all the first grade students have been assessed and we wait until the first grade teachers know their students' academic strengths and weaknesses.
Students stay in Title I reading until they are meeting grade level benchmarks. For some students TItle I Reading is an experience that lasts a few weeks while other stay in Title I reading for the remainder of the school year.

Success in reading is more easily accomplished if the student works hard, pays attention to the speaker, and focuses on learning. Reading at home and extra practice at home is tremendously helpful.

Please read the ideas below. Please also go to the "Educational and Fun websites" page. There are many fun sites which help with reading skills.
1. Read, read, and read to your child. If your child is alert and in a learning mood, point to the letters in some words. Talk about why the word sounds the way it does and the sounds associated with the letters in that word. By now, your child can look at words like "frog" or "slam" and discuss why they have 4 letters and 4 sounds.

2. Have your child build short 3-4 letter words that are spelled the way they sound. Good words to use might be words like cat, grab, or glad. Building the words out of magazine letters or magnetic letters helps your child focus on each sound in the word.

3. Have your child reread to a story to you several times so he/she can use expression in his/her voice. Stop every page or so and have your child tell you what is going on in the story.

4. Please check my page called Educational and Fun websites. There are several reading games for kindergartners and first graders.

5. Read a variety of poems, rhymes and chants with a lot of rhyme and rhythm. Dr. Suess has great books for early readers.

6. Have your child read to you. Before starting the story make predictions about what could happen in the story.

7. Have your child locate specific letters in books, magazines, and signs.

8. Read lots of alphabet books.

9. Read a story and discuss what happens in the story. Ask who were the main characters in the story? What was the problem in the story? How was the problem solved? Who was your favorite character? why


Nov. 7Every two weeks, I assess my students and send notes home to parents about the results. If you haven't received any notes, please let me know.
Oct. 15The first round of assessments over reading a story is done. You should be getting a note this week to see how your favorite first grader did.
Sept.We started our first class in mid-September after Mrs. Stephan and I were done assessing all the students in our school on various aspects of their reading skills. Parent information notes will be going home soon now that the classroom teachers and I are sure we have the right students in the Title I reading classes. We want to get everyone reading at the level they need to be at.
The classroom teachers will be monitoring the students' progress on a weekly basis. I will be assessing my students weekly also starting in October.

Oct. 20The progress monitoring scores are coming along quite nicely. We've had a couple of students graduate from Title I reading and a few new students have joined us. This happens routinely throughout the year.
Thank you for all your dedication in reading to and reading with your child. The time spent reading with your child and talking about the book you read is valuable in helping your first grader become a more skilled reader.
Every week your first grader should be bringing home short passages to read to you. The passages are generally little stories which focus on a specific vowel sound. For example, one sheet was about a cop and it had many words with the short o sound. Reading those stories repeatedly really helps solidify the sounds and words in your child's working memory. The passages contain many short words that we want your child to recognize quickly. The more words your first grader can easily recognize, the easier reading becomes.
Be sure to visit my page about Educational and Fun websites. There is a nice variety of links to reading games for readers of all elementary ages.

Oct. 2Our progress monitoring days are Thursday and Friday. That is when I check to see how many words my students can accurately read in a minute. Each of the first graders has a chart to keep track of his/her progress. Parent notes will be sent home periodically.
Aug. 25, 2015My Title I Reading class meets daily for 30 minutes. We will be working on reviewing the letters of the alphabet and the sounds associated with each letter. First graders are assessed several times each month. If a child is not routinely meeting the benchmarks on reading skills, he/she will generally join my class. With up to 6 students in a class, we have very focused lessons on the areas of reading where my students need to strengthen their skills.

Students stay in Title I reading until they are meeting grade level benchmarks. For some students TItle I Reading is an experience that lasts a few weeks while other stay in Title I reading for the remainder of the school year.

Success in reading is more easily accomplished if the student works hard, pays attention to the speaker, and focuses on learning. Reading at home and extra practice at home is tremendously helpful.

Please read the ideas below. Please also go to the "Educational and Fun websites" page. There are many fun sites which help with reading skills.
1. Read, read, and read to your child. If your child is alert and in a learning mood, point to the letters in some words. Talk about why the word sounds the way it does and the sounds associated with the letters in that word. By now, your child can look at words like "frog" or "slam" and discuss why they have 4 letters and 4 sounds.

2. Have your child build short 3-4 letter words that are spelled the way they sound. Good words to use might be words like cat, grab, or glad. Building the words out of magazine letters or magnetic letters helps your child focus on each sound in the word.

3. Have your child reread to a story to you several times so he/she can use expression in his/her voice. Stop every page or so and have your child tell you what is going on in the story.

4. Please check my page called Educational and Fun websites. There are several reading games for kindergartners and first graders.

5. Read a variety of poems, rhymes and chants with a lot of rhyme and rhythm. Dr. Suess has great books for early readers.

6. Have your child read to you. Before starting the story make predictions about what could happen in the story.

7. Have your child locate specific letters in books, magazines, and signs.

8. Read lots of alphabet books.

9. Read a story and discuss what happens in the story. Ask who were the main characters in the story? What was the problem in the story? How was the problem solved? Who was your favorite character? why


10. Have your child read and reread familiar stories so your child can quickly recognize words.

11. Play games like Go Fish with the weekly sight words sent home by the teacher.

12. Read predictable books where the same phrases are repeated such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Sometimes you read the story to your child and leave out words. See if your child knows what the missing word is suppose to be.

13. When your reader gets stuck, give him/her a little time to figure out a way to approach the tricky word.Ask your child to sound out the word.Break the word into parts.Try a different vowel sounds (long/short)Use illustrations for cluesSkip the word, reread sentence and go back- what word would make sense?

14. If your child doesn't like to read, ask the librarians at the public library for recommended books on topics your child likes.

From the last school year_
Here is the powerpoint created by my 10:15 Title I reading class. These students are from Ms Buckley's and Mrs. Reed's room.


Here is the power point created by my 12:30 Title I reading class. These students are from Mrs. Mink and Mrs. Munck's room. Enjoy!


Someone asked me to post some of the little sayings we use at school to help readers remember rules about letter sounds.Here are some:
If you come across 2 vowels by each other in a word, often first vowel makes the long sound while the second one is silent. The saying we use is," When 2 vowels go walking, the first one does the talking."A word that ends in an e often has a long vowel a in the middle of the word and a silent e at the end. The saying I use is "The silent e gave all of its power to...." the vowel making the long sound in the middle of the word. For example in smile, the e gave all of its power to the i so the i says I and the e is silent.When dealing with an unfamiliar word, try using a short vowel sound first UNLESS there are 2 vowels together or a silent e at the end of the word. This theory works most, but not all, of the time.
We have been working on reading words accurately and reading them fairly quickly.
Below are listed some ideas for helping your child.

1. Read, read, and read to your child. If your child is alert and in a learning mood, point to the letters in some words. Talk about why the word sounds the way it does and the sounds associated with the letters in that word. By now, your child can look at words like "frog" or "slam" and discuss why they have 4 letters and 4 sounds.

2. Have your child build short 3-4 letter words that are spelled the way they sound. Good words to use might be words like cat, grab, or glad. Building the words out of magazine letters or magnetic letters helps your child focus on each sound in the word.

3. Have your child reread to a story to you several times so he/she can use expression in his/her voice. Stop every page or so and have your child tell you what is going on in the story.

4. Please check my page called Educational and Fun websites. There are several reading games for kindergartners and first graders.

5. Read a variety of poems, rhymes and chants with a lot of rhyme and rhythm. Dr. Suess has great books for early readers.

6. Have your child read to you. Before starting the story make predictions about what could happen in the story.

7. Have your child locate specific letters in books, magazines, and signs.

8. Read lots of alphabet books.

9. Read a story and discuss what happens in the story. Ask who were the main characters in the story? What was the problem in the story? How was the problem solved? Who was your favorite character? why

10. Have your child read and reread familiar stories so your child can quickly recognize words.
11. Play games like Go Fish with the weekly sight words sent home by the teacher.
12. Read predictable books where the same phrases are repeated such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Sometimes you read the story to your child and leave out words. See if your child knows what the missing word is suppose to be.
13. When your reader gets stuck, give him/her a little time to figure out a way to approach the tricky word.Ask your child to sound out the word.Break the word into parts.Try a different vowel sounds (long/short)Use illustrations for cluesSkip the word, reread sentence and go back- what word would make sense?
14. If your child doesn't like to read, ask the librarians at the public library for recommended books on topics your child likes.
15. Celebrate when your child does read a book or magazine or information from a website.
16. If your child reads a story but can't tell you what happened in the story, he/she is probably just reading the words instead of thinking of what is happening. Have your child stop after every page or every paragraph and tell you what happened. Then predict what will happen next. Read to find out what does happen next.
17. Set a good example. Children learn by example so let your child see you read a book, a newspaper, or a cookbook or something.
18. Pick a good fit book. It should be interesting for the child. Can the child understand what he/she is reading? Can your child retell the child? Does your child know most of the words?
19. Have your child look at the pictures in the story. The pictures will help with understanding the story.