Dec., 2017

My schedule was changed so I could meet with the students who need some additional help on a daily basis. This page isn't updated very often since I am teaching 12 different classes and approximately 28% of the students in our school.

Mrs. Stephan and I, both reading teachers, along with a couple of other teachers, will assess all the students at Camanche Elementary on their reading skills. Completing assessments on so many students will take time. I will meet with my Title I readers daily.

Oct. 2
Thursdays and Fridays are my progress monitoring days. That is when I assess each of my students to see how many upper case, lower case, and letter sounds they can recognize. The students have a little chart where they can keep track of their progress. Parent notes will be sent home periodically.

Last updated August 24, 2015

My Title I Reading class meets daily for 30 minutes. We will be working on learning the letters of the alphabet and the sounds associated with each letter. Kindergarteners 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.

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.

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

3. Play games where you and your child try to say words that rhyme such as cat/mat. This game helps your child focus on the sounds at the end of the words.

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

5. Read predictable books to help your child develop the habit of thinking about what might happen next. Books with a repeating pattern are great also. Sometimes when you read one of those books aloud, leave a word out. See if your child knows what word was skipped.

6. Read a variety of poems, rhymes and chants with a lot of rhyme and rhythm. Dr. Suess books and nursery rhymes work well. While reading the stories or books, stop and have your child tell you what is going on in the story. Talk about the characters in the story. Which ones would be a good is most like your child? Which one would be a nice friend?

7. Read a story and discuss what happens in the story.

8. Have your child read to you. Your child brings home little readers. Keep those and reread them. You'll be amazed at how much quicker your child can read as he/she becomes more familiar with specific words.

9. Read a story and discuss what happens in the story.

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. When your reader gets stuck, give him/her a little time to figure out a way to approach the tricky word.Try saying, " Read that again and try a word that makes sense and matches the picture.
"Here's another good phrase, "Let me say what you said... is that how we talk?"
"Could the word be _ or _" so the child has 2 choices to select from
."What do you know about that word?
What chunks do you see in the word?"
"Try different ways to say the vowel sound."

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

14. Celebrate when your child does read a book or magazine or information from a website.

15. 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.