News from Mrs. Duffey's Reading Room

Revised,  September 11, 2017

Newsletter                                                         September/October 2017

Walt Disney
          "Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children"
Dear Parents,
     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.
  • Have your children read a variety of materials- cookbooks, recipes, nursery rhymes, notes, food labels, menus, riddles, jokes, comics, poetry, street signs, bulletin boards, billboards, e-mails, letters, children magazines, newspapers, etc.
  • Let your children help in the kitchen.  Reading directions and measuring ingredients are important skills children need to learn while enjoying some pleasurable time with their parents.
  • Talk to your children and more importantly listen to them.  By initiating conversation and involving them in family discussions, your children's vocabulary and language development will improve.
  • Visit bookstores and browse through the children's section.
  • Sing lullabies, folk songs, children's songs, etc.
  • Limit your children's television viewing time and teach them how to read a television schedule so they can choose the shows they want to watch.
  • Make scrapbooks and label the items or pictures.
  • Make a children's dictionary for new vocabulary words.
  • Applaud your children's successes and efforts.

      If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again

  •      If I had my child to raise all over again

  •      I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.

  •      I'd finger-paint more, and point the finger less.

  •      I would do less correcting and more connecting.

  •      I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.

  •      I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.

  •      I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.

  •      I'd do more hugging and less tugging.   

  •      I'd see the oak tree in the acorn more often.

  •      I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.

  •      I'd model less about the love of power,

  •      And more about the power of love.   

                                               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

  • Read every day.
  • Read out loud with someone else.
  • Read about things that you like.
  • Take a book with you wherever you go.
  • Read everything you can, like maps, menus, signs, newspapers, and magazines.
  • Talk about what you've read.
  • Keep a log of what you've read.
  • Be proud of your reading accomplishments.
According to Yvette Zgnoc the brain loves:
  • Processing - Dialogue-Conversation
  • Movement
  • A threat-free environment

                  Dirty Dozen Destruction Don'ts

                             1.  Nagging

                             2.  Yelling

                             3.  Lecturing

                             4.  Threatening

                             5.  Forced Apologies

                             6.  Sending the child to her/his room or principal too soon

                             7.  Sarcasm

                             8.  Writing 100, 200 times....

                             9.  Spanking

                          10.  Offering no choices

                          11.  Commanding

                          12.  Humiliating

  • Music, rhyme, and rhythm
  • The brain loves humor

                            When it gets too tense

                            Get away for awhile

                            Take time to remember

                            To smile

                            Just smile...... Just smile

                            Take time to remember to smile


What to Do If I Don't Know a Word
  • Give me some wait time.
  • Remind me to look at the picture.
  • Talk to me about what is going on in the story.
  • Be sure that I attend to the first and last letters of the word.
  • Be sure that I go back and read the line again.
  • Make sure that I keep my eyes on the print and the pictures (no looking up!)
  • Give me a few choices of what the word might be and ask me to check.
  • Tell me the word.
Don't do anything for the child that the child can do alone!

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.