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Reading Specialists


Reading specialists provide instruction, interventions and various supports for students. Classroom teachers work closely with reading specialists in order to fully support students. To view our Reading Specialists' websites, click on the links to the right.

  • Reading News Saturday, March 28th, 2020

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson on 3/28/2020 7:00:00 PM

    Hello Parents,


    We hope you are all staying safe and finding creative ways to stay busy. We would like to keep you updated on our plan for remote learning starting on Tuesday, March 31st. We have begun our Seesaw page for our reading students.  If you have not had a chance to get your child onto our page, check your emails for directions for this or feel free to contact Mrs. Goodwin or Mrs. Johnson.  If you have limited internet access or problems with having devices to use, please let us know.  The week before Spring Break we had several activities for students to try.  We are here to assist in anyway we can, you can reach us directly through the Seesaw page or through email.  You can always reach us through our voicemail numbers as well, your message is sent to us through email right away. 


    Thank you for your patience and support through this new adventure.  Together we can do this!


    Welcome to Our Seesaw Page



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  • Reading News, Friday, October 11th

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson on 10/11/2019 4:00:00 PM



    Thank you for supporting your child with their reading at home.  The students are doing a great job of completing their reading and cut-up sentence at home and returning the books to us.  We appreciate all the support we are receiving.  


    Reminder that there is no school on Monday, October 14th in observation of Columbus Day.  Next Friday, October 18th is our all school Glow-tacular, hope everyone can make it out to a fun evening.


    This week we have a helpful tip on Reading Aloud with your child.  


    Thank you for all your support

    Mrs. Goodwin and Mrs. Johnson




    Reading aloud 

    Did you know that the single most important activity for building knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children? Did you know that even after children learn to read, you should continue to read aloud to them? When you read aloud, you create background knowledge in your child, develop her vocabulary, expose her to new information, and provide her with a reading role model.


    Get the most out of reading aloud by following these three tips:

    1. If the book has illustrations or pictures, hold the book so your child can see the words and pictures while you are reading.
    2. Take your time and don’t rush the story. Reading at an appropriate rate will help you read clearly – and allow for an enjoyable experience.
    3. Don’t be afraid to stop reading a book if your child doesn’t seem interested. Have a backup selection ready so read-aloud can continue.


    Texts to read aloud are everywhere, and many of them are free! Try reading aloud charts, letters, lists, magazines, menus, newspapers, posters, school notices, to name a few. 


    Consider a variety of books including alphabet books, chapter books, poetry, biographies, and informational books. Children can understand more-sophisticated and complicated books that are read to them than the books they can read alone. You can choose books for reading aloud that are a bit above their reading level; if they don’t understand something, you are right there to explain it. Reading aloud can be a time for relaxing, talking, and being together. 


    Here are a few ideas to get the conversation going during read-aloud:

    • To help your child understand what you are reading ask, “Does that make sense to you?” or comment, “This part sounds important, I’m going to read it aloud again.”

    • Encourage your child to think about the text by asking, “Do you think that could really happen?” or “What do you think the author wants us to learn?”

    • Connect the story to other ideas. Discuss similarities between the story and a person or an event in your child’s life.

    • Prediction is a great way to build comprehension. Ask, “What do you think will happen next?” or “Why do you think he did that?”

    • Ask your child to retell small parts of the story to you.


    Remember, the road to becoming a reader begins the day a child is born. You play an important role in your child becoming a successful reader and writer.

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  • Reading News, September 27th, 2019

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson on 9/30/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Hi Families,


    We are finally into our regular lessons and the students are doing a great job of bringing their book bags back each day.  This routine is a great way to keep the reading going and letting your child show you all the great things they can do.  We truly appreciate your support with making sure they do their reading each night and their cut up sentence.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 




    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Goodwin and Mrs. Johnson

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  • Reading News, September 6th, 2019

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson on 9/9/2019 1:00:00 PM

    Welcome back families.  We hope everyone enjoyed their summer break.  We are still collecting the reading books from our students and we are getting started with our new first grade students.  


    This year we would like to share some different ideas to help with literacy at home.  Each posting we will try to have some different helpful hints available for you to try.  This week we have some ideas for things you and your child can use if you are waiting for something. Check it out below:


    Waiting games 


    Waiting has become a part of our everyday lives. The next time you hear, “How much longer?” try one of these ideas to grow your child’s vocabulary with word games.


    1. Start with a category such as insect words, long “A” words, food words, or sports words. Take turns naming items in the category; when the category is exhausted, begin a new one. example: ladybug, ant, spider

    2. Try an alphabet search. One person names an object that begins with the letter “a.” The next person names something beginning with “b,” and so on.

    3. Start with a simple word like “up,” and take turns thinking of opposites. example: down, left/right

    4. Play the rhyming game. One person says a word such as “hot,” and the next person comes up with a word that rhymes with it such as “spot.” When there are no more rhyming words, start a new word.

    5. Say a word and see if your child can tell you (or clap) the number of syllables in the word. example: watermelon - 4 or baseball - 2. Or you can ask your child to name a 2-syllable word, 3-syllable word, etc.

    6. Say a word such as “tub.” Your child then has to say a word that begins with the last sound in your word (b: book). Now you have to say a word that begins with the last sound in your child's word (k: kite), for example.



    We hope that these helpful hints can help you find ways to help your child.  We look forward to posting more information in the coming months.



    Mrs. Goodwin and Mrs. Johnson

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