News from Mrs. Duffey's Reading Room
Revised, October 5, 2015
Newsletter October/November 2015
"Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children"
Once your children enter school the time marches by quickly and in a blink of an eye they are graduating. The most important thing you can share with your children is your TIME.
As a mother of two daughters, a teacher, a daughter, and a wife, I know how difficult it is to balance all the responsibilities involved with these jobs. Thankfully, there are some easy ways parents can make the task of reading a little more rewarding and satisfying for your children.
If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again
By Diane Loomans
|Positive Promotions Item #KP-316 States: 15 Gilpin Avenue- PO Box 18021 -Hauppauge, NY 11788-8821 1-800-635-2666
Eight Ways to Become a Great Reader
|According to Yvette Zgnoc the brain loves:
Dirty Dozen Destruction Don'ts
5. Forced Apologies
6. Sending the child to her/his room or principal too soon
8. Writing 100, 200 times....
10. Offering no choices
When it gets too tense
Get away for awhile
Take time to remember
Just smile...... Just smile
Take time to remember to smile
|What to Do If I Don't Know a Word
Be careful about saying "sound it out"...this term can cause confusion and often leads children to ignore other strategies for decoding and comprehending new text.
Do's and Don'ts for Reading Aloud
excerpts from On the Road to Reading
Beatrice G. Davis, M.S., P.D.
1. Do... Have your child sit on your lap as you read. This is another way of telling her/him that reading is a pleasurable activity.
2. Do... Read rhymes such as Mother Goose, nonsense poems, fairy tales, fantasies, and folk tales, as well as comtemporary stories.
3. Do... Start with bright colored pictures and story books that have characters close to your child's age. Other good books to start with with are fanciful stories about animals that have human characteristics (talk to their children, live in a house, go to school) and stories that contain a lot of repetition.
4. Do... Allow your child to choose the book or story she/he wants to hear even if it's one you've read many times before. Children like the comfort of hearing familiar language and story situations. Research has shown that repeated readings of a story improve a child's ability to interact with print.
5. Do... Hold the book so your child can see that you always start reading from the front of the book; that you always read from the top to bottom and left to right; that the pages follow a specific order; ant that you handle books with care.
6. Do... Hold the book so that your child can see the page you are reading and so she/he can follow along.
7. Don't... Reading to you child should not be stopped when she/he is albe to read independently.
8. Don't... Reading should not be started if you won't have enough time for both of you to enjoy the experience.
9. Don't... Read-aloud time should not be treated as a chore to be gotten through as quickly as possible. You'll find that it can become a most pleasurable time that both you and your child will look forward to each day.
10. Do... Show your child that reading is important to you. Let your child see you read for: Information (newspapers and magazines); Instructions (recipes, knitting, sewing, "how-to" books, model-making); Pleasure (React to what you're reading. Smile, laugh out loud, or just say something about what you've read.
11. Do... Remember that children learn by imitation. When they see your reading and enjoying it, they'll want to do the same.