Mrs. Papcun

Title I Reading/Western 

Dear Parents,

     I am so happy that you have visited my reading page!  Did you know that the number one success factor in a child's reading skills is parental involvement?  That's right!  Reading to your child and listening to your child read to you develops a love for reading.  Children hear the flow and fluency of language as you read to them.  Children also learn new words and develop a higher level vocabulary from listening to books that are too difficult for them to read by themselves.  As your child reads to you, they practice skills and brave decoding new words.  They see how important you believe reading and as with any skill, practice improves their game!  Thank you for being a devoted parent who truly cares about your child's success.


Phonics:   I am very excited to be implementing the Orton-Gillingham approabh to teaching phonics this year.  Phonics is taught through a systematic,sequential, multi-sensory approach.   Students are first taught the names and sounds of the letters.  Next, short vowel sounds are introduced, followed by long vowel sounds.  Next, digraphs, bossy r sounds, and special o sounds are introduced.  The soft and hard sounds of c and g follow.  The year finishes with word endings. Students will also learn to encode these sounds and practice syllabication when decoding.  As the students are learning these strategies to decode unknown words, we are continually spiraling back through the skills for review and mastery.


Sight Words:   I believe in a "balanced approach" to reading.  Not every word in our English language can be sounded out.  There was a man by the name of "Dolch" who organized the words seen most often in text that beginning readers can not "sound-out."  He classified these words as the "Dolch 220 basic sight words."  These words are divided into five groups.  You can find an entire list of these words by clicking on the top of my web page on "sight words."  We have divided them into 5 groups by color.  They are red, blue, green, purple, orange.  It is the goal of all first graders to pass all 5 levels by the end of first grade.  As your child passes a level of words, a new color will be sent home.  Each time your child passes a level of words, they earn a prize.  When your child passes all five levels they earn a book.  We will learn and practice these words through a multi-sensory approach.


Guided Reading:  During "Guided Reading" your child practices reading and reading strategies.  He/she will learn to be good readers through strategies such as:

1. Making predictions

2. Previewing the text

3. Using picture clues

4. Making connections to the story

5. Asking questions

6. Learning to make inferences

7. Summarizing what they have read

8. Retelling what they have read

9. Learning to use sight words in context

10. Learning strategies to decode unknown words.

 Guided Writing:  Each Friday, students will write using a guided writing program. Students will learn to use their phonic sounds to stretch words and write.  Writing and reading compliment each other.  Students become better readers by writing and better writers by reading. If you can purchase a journal for your child and encourage him/her to put their thoughts down on paper, your child will learn that authors have a story to tell.  This will help with their reading comprehension. We will be practicing four genres of writing during the year.  They are:  persuasive, informative, biography, and narrative. 


Homework:  Once a week, your child will bring home a  book bag.  I ask you to listen to your child read the book, complete one activity, and return the homework.  Each month your child will be asked to read "at least" six books and record the titles on a reading log.  When the reading log is returned, your child will earn a prize.  As the year progresses, the homework assignments will include more rigor.  During the month of February we will learn to write a story re-tell.  Once this has been modeled and the students understand the format, they will be asked to complete a story re-tell after they have read their book. 


I would like to thank you for taking the time to listen to your child read.  Your interest in reading can be caught by your child.  As adults we set an example for our children.  When your child sees you reading they will want to read too.




  Important dates to remember:

September 12th-16th: Reading classes begin

October 28th:  End of first nine weeks

Nov. 10th-and 17th:  Parent/Teacher conferences

Nov. 23rd-25th:  No school-Thanksgiving break

Dec. 21st-Jan. 2:  No school-Winter break

Jan. 13th:  End of second nine weeks

Jan. 16th: No school-Martin Luther King Day

Mon. Feb.20th: -No school-President's Day

March 17th:  End of third nine weeks

March 30th and April 6th:  Parent/teacher conferences

April 10th-14th:  No school/spring break

May 25th:  Last day of school







  What is Title I Reading?

    Title I Reading is a supplemental reading program funded with federal, state, and local monies.  The purpose of this program is to help children who are reading below grade level receive added individual instruction.  Children are given the opportunity for small group instruction that reinforces reading strategies and skills appropriate for new and struggling readers.  Perhaps the most priceless quality of this program is that it is geared toward success.  Children are given tasks at which they can succeed.  Eventually, many of them will no longer need additional assistance in reading. Title I gives the extra care and confidence some children need to experience success in reading.

How do children qualify for the Reading Program?

    Students qualify for Title I with a score at the 39th percentile or lower on the Gates MacGinitie Reading Test.   Students may also qualify for the program by reading at or below a level 2 on the DRA2.   Classroom teachers also refer children for achievement testing when they notice a student having significant problems with reading in the classroom.

What can parents do to help?

    The degree of success and improvement made by children is directly affected by the amount of time given to reading in the home.  This includes listening to children read, reading to children and establishing a reading example in the home.  Parents are a child's first teacher and the home is a child's first school.  Throughout the year you will be provided with specific examples of what you can do to help your child with reading at home.  It is often helpful to read the notes to, or with, your child.  This is one way you can set an example in the home.  There is no limit to what the love of reading will do for your child.  It will open doors of curiosity and knowledge.  It will stimulate their desire to see places they thought were make-believe.  It softens loneliness, fills the gaps of boredom, creates role models and changes the course of their very lives.  I am looking forward to working with you as a team for your child's success!


 My Program:

      My goal is to instill in your child an enjoyment and a desire for reading.  It is my hope that your child will experience success every day.  I will use visual, auditory and kinesthetic methods in teaching the sound/symbol relationships in a meaningful context.  This accommodates all the students' different learning styles.

     I will meet with small groups of six children each half-hour of the day.  We will use children's literature, big books, chart poems, songs, book conferences, journal writing, story writing, basal readers, trade books, and self-made stories.

     Your children will participate in the "Read-A- Book" program.  They will bring home book-bags on a weekly basis for extended reading at home.  Each child will bring home a book once a week and return the completed assignment the following day.

     I believe in "writing to read."  Your child will learn to express himself through the process of writing.  Learning to print letters, write sentences and eventually stories, are goals your child will achieve.  Your child will share in writing experiences through group books, story maps, letter writing, story writing, and journals.  Writing is an important link to reading.  You can encourage your child by displaying work at home and saving writing samples.  Children will be encouraged to use inventive spelling, which reinforces their phonic clues and their word families.


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