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 Keep your child/children reading with one or more of these helpful tips:

  • What’s “Just Right”? Children feel confident and competent when they read books that are “just right.” But how do you find a “just right” book? Have your child read the back and front cover, and first page of the book. If there are more than five words that he cannot pronounce or understand in context, the book may be too challenging. Be supportive about finding a more perfect fit. Choosing the right book will help your reader feel successful.
  •  Map it Out  It’s important to provide your child with a variety of fiction and non-fiction reading. A fun way to do this is to get a map and show them the way from your house to the grocery store or another familiar destination. Have your child write out the directions, street by street, and then read them to you as you walk or drive to the store – like a living GPS!
  • Picture This! *The possibilities for this project are endless!
    • Create a photo album using favorite pictures (choose the ones that are "extras", and ones you have duplicates of, etc.  unless your child producesand electronic album. 
    • make it a family, invididual, sibling activity
    • create caption for each picture
    • assemble the pictures by theme
    • Assemble the pictures and captions in a digital book, create album/include authentic
    • Add speech and/or thought bubbles to create a personalized 
  • Last Comic Standing 
    • Take time to read comic strips together. Share favorites from your own childhood and have your child put their favorites on the fridge. Read them aloud, and often -- repetition is a great way to build reading skills. 
  • Become a Fan  Your child will soon develop a love for particular authors and illustrators. Nurture her fan-ship by helping her write a letter to her favorite author. Many authors have their own websites with contact information, but here’s a great place to start your search ( You can also contact the book’s publisher, the mailing address for which can often be found on the back of the title page or on the publisher’s Web site.
  • Labels of Love  Word recognition and vocabulary are important parts of reading. On a rainy day, get some paper and tape and start labeling everything in your home -- from furniture to small knick-knacks. Reading these labels repeatedly will build your child’s mental word bank. If your family is bilingual, create labels in both languages.

Parents and Students:

Please contact me at anytime by emailing (it's the best way): . I welcome any questions, concerns, or any information that I need to know in order to ensure our students achieve many successes throughout this school year and beyond. 


A bit about me...

This is my 11th year as a Reading Specialist at AUGS and my 18th year of teaching Reading/Language Arts.  I work with students from all teams in grades 6th, 7th and 8th grades that qualify for tierd services.  I am excited to help all students meet and exceed their learning potential.