Parent/Teacher Conferences

I look forward to seeing you at parent/teacher conferences in order to share information about your child’s great progress! As in the fall, I will join your conference scheduled with the classroom teacher. We will discuss your child’s reading achievements, areas for growth, and our plan for continued success throughout the next few months. I will also have information about summer tutoring (hard to believe that we are already thinking about summer!). We have five great teachers who are offering to tutor students privately at school this summer. Tutoring can keep reading skills fresh and help prevent the “summer slide”.

Please come to our conference with any questions you might have about your child’s reading. Here is my schedule, see you this week!

Research about Reading

I look forward to seeing all of you at parent teacher conferences this week! Classroom teachers and I will be sharing important information with you about your child’s reading progress. In the meantime, here is some interesting information about children and reading from Jim Trelease, the bestselling author of The Read Aloud Handbook.

1. Researchers have found that around the world, children who read the most are the best readers. This may seem to be such a simple statement, but it is absolutely true! Sometimes when children are struggling in reading, we want to find a program or a website that will fix their problems. However, frequent reading of just right books is the most effective “program” for struggling readers.

2. Researchers have also found that children who are brought up in “print-rich” homes (lots of books, magazines, and newspapers) have the highest reading scores. When reading is valued and shared, reading becomes a natural expectation enjoyed by the whole family. In addition, reading aloud to children improves listening comprehension and creates the foundation for independent reading.

3. Researchers have determined that there is a strong connection between over-watching TV/video games and underachieving in school. Screen time (TV, computer, video games) should be limited to 10 hours a week. Research shows that beyond 10 hours, grades decline. Even educational shows should have limits. You are a much better teacher for your child than your TV.

Reading is the most important subject in school. A child needs reading in order to master other subjects. Supporting your child in reading is an invaluable way to help him/her be successful at school.

Happy reading!

If you would like to read more about this research, check out Jim Trelease’s full article, 10-reading-facts-brochure.

Reading Progress

It’s hard to believe that we have already been at school for two months! During that time, students have learned to apply new strategies while reading. In order to document each child’s progress, I am reading with my students one-on-one this week. I will be assessing their accuracy (reading the words correctly), their independent use of strategies when they encounter tricky words, their fluency (smooth reading), and their comprehension (understanding of the story). Reading uses many different skills!

I am looking forward to meeting with parents during parent/teacher conference time to share information about students’ progress. Don’t worry about setting up a separate time with me, I will be joining you when you meet with your child’s classroom teacher.

Because I won’t have my reading groups this week, please make sure that you continue reading with your child at home every night. The first and second grade classrooms have started Raz-Kids, a great website with leveled books that your child can access at home. By spending just 15 minutes a night reading together, you can provide invaluable support for your child.

Happy Reading!