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February Newsletter

Useful Strategies to Assist your Child with Reading

Establish a routine at home for reading:  It could be before bed, on a Sunday night or whenever suits you and your child.

You could even have a regular reading night where the whole family gets together and reads. This is one of the best ways for

developing a lifelong positive attitude to reading.

Praise every effort:  Especially when confidence is low, and even when confidence is high. Help your child feel good about


Treat the child as an individual:  Don't compare their performance with other children - it doesn't help because it makes

them feel as though they are not good enough.

Be a role model:  Let them see you reading. Try It Today

Jan Newsletter

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Catherine Kemp, Title One Reading Teacher

                                              Speak Up

To truly enjoy reading, it needs to become second nature. Children should read both silently and aloud. That's where a child's fluency -- the ability to read smoothly and expressively. Since kids gain fluency by practicing familiar text, don't worry if your child chooses the same book over and over again. If your child is anxious about reading aloud to you, let him read to himself or into a recording device and then play it back for himself or a younger sibling. Or encourage him to entertain an even more forgiving listener, maybe the family pet!  Audio books also help your child practice reading. Make reading fun.



December Newsletter

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Catherine Kemp, Title One Reading Teacher

                                   Have a Word

Building a broad vocabulary is essential to reading comprehension now and later in school. One way to expand your child's vocabulary is to read aloud to him, choosing books that are a couple of grade levels above his. Your child will be acquiring a knowledge bank of rich words, and when they eventually comes across them on his or her own, they won't be 100 percent new. Find books that are likely to offer unique words. There's great vocabulary in poetry, classic fairy tales, and nonfiction. Stop occasionally if you come across a particularly unusual word, but don't talk about individual words so much that you interrupt the flow of the story. Instead, go back to them after you've finished reading the book. Try it tonight!


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Catherine Kemp, Title I

                                           Follow the Plot

If your child doesn't comprehend what a story is about, she's likely to regard reading as a chore. By engaging her in the book when the two of you have storytime together, you can help her follow the plot and find the meaning. Discuss the illustrations and asks your child questions to get them excited about what's coming: "What do you think the story is going to be about?" "What do you think the character will do?" Questions like these help kids predict the story while illustrations often give them clues to words they're having trouble sounding out. Still finding that your kid can't follow the plot -- or doesn't give it his full attention? Try reading nonfiction books that reflect your child’s passions, like fire trucks, dinosaurs, or pirates.


Oct. Newsletter

Sound Off
Early readers are still absorbing the notion that letters are symbols that stand for sounds. A good way to reinforce the idea is to start with the most familiar word of all: your child's name. Challenge him or her to find things around the house that start with the same first letter as their name. To familiarize your child with ending sounds, read poems, nursery rhymes, and rhyming books (like Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham) together. For overall sound recognition, try the game "Beginning, Middle, or End”: Hide a raisin in one of three cups, and ask your child where a letter falls in a particular word, such as the m in camel. The goal is to look in the right cup -- in this case, the middle one -- and then to eat the raisin inside.  
                                        Try it tonight!


Welcome Back! Aug/Sept newsletter

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Catherine Kemp, Title I Reading

Try some positive reinforcement to kick-start the reading process. Make a list of five or 10 books you and your kids can read at the same time, and create a chart to keep track of how far you're both getting. Whether it's two pages or 200, any progress is progress worth noting.

The biggest motivator for children is often as simple as knowing that adults are rooting for their success. When you hear a young reader struggling with a new word, remind her of the words she's already learned. What helps a child get through those certain roadblocks ... is having someone who's constantly on their side letting them know they can do it. Try it with your child.

May Newsletter

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Catherine Kemp, Title One Reading Teacher


                                                                Reading Is Fun!

Providing lots of fun poems, rhymes, short jokes, riddles, and predictable books etc. will also help your reader develop fluency and feel good about reading. This will let her hear that she can make reading sound like language and that it can be fun and easy.

                                      Try it Today!   

April Newsletter

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Catherine Kemp, Title I

                                                                  Uninterrupted Reading

      Remember that the most important aspect of reading is constructing meaning. If you have a

reader who reads making some miscues (unexpected responses to text) that are mostly meaning-making, do not interrupt except when the miscues do not make sense or do not sound like language.

      If a reader reads the sentence " The horse ran down the road" as "The pony ran down the road," do not "correct" her. That sentence made sense in the context of the story and sounded like language. But if she reads "The house ran down the road," ask her if that made sense.

     Then ask her to reread the text to make it sensible. If the reader says it did make sense, ask her to reread it anyway because it didn't make sense to you, the listener.


                     Focusing readers on reading to make sense is what is most important.

                                                      Enjoy Reading with your child!

March Newsletter

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Catherine Kemp, Title One Reading Teacher

The most important thing you can do for your reader is to read to him or her. Read things that he or she is interested in and things for just pure enjoyment. Stop and talk with your child about what you have just read – you thought it was funny, he  or she liked the way the author said something, you liked that idea. Talk about any part of the story or writing that you want.


Point out different aspects of the text like: see how the pictures help tell the story, did you hear all those rhyming words, what do you think will happen next, look at all the lines that repeat, see how long that word is, did you notice all the words that started with Z, we already know a lot about this story because of something else we've read or heard about, etc.



                                             Try It Today


February Newsletter

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Catherine Kemp, Title One Reading Teacher

              Fluency helps students understand what they are reading.

Fluent readers read with speed, accuracy and proper expression. While they are reading they construct the meaning of the text. Fluency becomes the bridge to comprehension. When readers are slow and choppy they have trouble remembering what they have read and their comprehension goes down.

Fluency develops when students have many opportunities to practice their reading skills with a good amount of success. Therefore they need a lot of practice at an easy level of text. This easy text should be their independent level. Parents should ask their student’s teacher what that level is. Remember; Practice, Practice, Practice makes PERFECT. Read the same books over and over and over to get this kind of practice.

                                             Try It Today


January Newsletter

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Catherine Kemp, Title One Reading Teacher

                              Your Child’s Reading Success

Play word games. Have your child sound out the word as you change it from mat to  fat to sat; from sat to sag to sap; and from sap to sip.

I read to you, you read to me. Take turns reading aloud at bedtime. Kids enjoy this special time with their parents.

  Gently correct your young reader. When your child makes a mistake, gently point out the letters he or she overlooked or read incorrectly. Many beginning readers will guess wildly at a word based on its first letter.

Talk, talk, talk! Talk with your child every day about school and things going on around the house. Sprinkle some interesting words into the conversation, and build on words you’ve talked about in the past.

Write, write, write! Ask your child to help you write out the grocery list, a thank you note to Grandma, or to keep a journal of special things that happen at home. When writing, encourage your child to use the letter and sound patterns he is learning at school.

December Newsletter

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Catherine Kemp, Title I

Give your child lots of opportunities to read aloud. Inspire your young reader to practice every day!                    

Don’t leave home without it. Bring along a book or magazine any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor's office. Always try to fit in reading!

Once is not enough. Encourage your child to re-read favorite books and poems. Re-reading helps kids read more quickly and accurately.

Dig deeper into the story. Ask your child questions about the story you've just read. Say something like, “Why do you think Clifford did that?”

Take control of the television. It's difficult for reading to compete with TV and video games. Encourage reading as a free-time activity.

Be patient. When your child is trying to sound out an unfamiliar word, give him or her time to do so.

                                                                        Try it today!                                                                


November Newsletter

Talk, Talk,Talk!

Conversational Reading (reading and talking with children about a story) changes the reading relationship in fundamental ways and is a proven method you can use with any book. Conversational Reading ensures your child develops an appreciation for the books they read through better comprehension, the ability to make a story their own and the capability to connect what they read to other books, ideas and personal experiences. Along with the strong literacy skills, Conversational Reading also supports the growth of a child’s emotional  IQ by teaching them about empathy and compassion.    Try it tonight!

October Newsletter

      Phonics Skills are needed for all students to be successful readers.

                                          “My Tan Cat Can Sleep on a Mat”

Phonics instruction should begin in early kindergarten and continue until the student is a fluent reader with good comprehension. Phonics instruction helps students understand that there is a systematic and predicable relationship between letters and sounds. There are patterns and a way to put words together to read and write the words. For beginning readers to read and spell fluently and get meaning from text, they need to be able to identify words automatically, blend sounds together to read unfamiliar words and to be able to spell them correctly.

Parents can help their students by reading to them every day from the time they are born. As the child listens they learn how printed letters work, look, and sound. They learn how a book is handled, that the pictures are meaningful partners with the words, and that reading has meaning and can be fun. Parents can make up word family cards and practice the sounds. Such as: CAT: HAT: RAT: MAT        SPILL: CHILL WILL MILL And many, many more.                  Try It Today


September Newsletter


                                 Your Child’s Reading Success

Parents can be the most important part of learning to read just by talking and providing those rich language experiences for their child. Talking to and with children is the first and most important thing a parent can do. From the very beginning of life, children are listening to sounds and words and sentences. Five year olds entering kindergarten should have a very strong grasp of their home language. They should know about 10,000 words and generate sentences that communicate their thoughts and feelings to others. They are learning about their family, life and culture. A child’s oral language is not fully developed when entering school but can be well on its way to helping them to be ready to learn and read. Talk to your child. Give them information, discuss the days activities, ask questions, teach them a skill, or have your child teach you a skill. Just remember to talk, talk, talk, with you student as much as you can everyday. Tell your child lots of good things from your past.                         Try it Today! 


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