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Listen to the Progress

Listening to a Childs Oral Reading Can Be a Barometer in Assessing Progress

April 1, 2014

Most reading experts would agree that time spent reading with a child is time well spent.  However, many people do not truly understand the depth of truth that those words hold.  For the parents of a young child, the time spent . . . read more

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry. . . .and Still Read

Fit Reading into a Busy Schedule

February 5, 2014

We all seem to live life at a hectic pace.. . .there is no doubt about it.  As a result, parents often tell me that they WANT to read with their children, but there just isn't time in their busy schedules to include reading as a daily . . . read more

Kindergarten Students Excel as Readers

Everybody Needs a Little Help Along the Way

February 1, 2014

Kindergarten students at the Chebanse Elementary School are making astounding gains in their quests to become excellent readers.  Recent diagnostic tests have revealed that our kindergarten students are improving their pre-reading and . . . read more

Spice Up Read Aloud Experiences

Variety Can Make Parent/Child Reading Sessions Fun

January 5, 2014

Reading with a child is an experience that leaves lasting memories in the minds of the child and the adult as they engage in sharing a good book or story.  Regular read aloud sessions allow for continued skill practice and emotional . . . read more

Reading is a Resolution that Lasts a Lifetime

Resolve to Read. . . .with a Friend

January 2, 2014

The dawning of a new year is a time when I find myself reflecting on people and events that have had a profound impact on my life.  As a teacher, I often think of other teachers who have dramatically influenced the choices I have made. . . . read more

Comprehension Clinchers

Title I Parents Can Help Young Readers develop Good Comprehension Skills

November 1, 2013

Reading with a child is one of the best ways to develop a love of reading and good comprehension skills in the process.  This experience can be enhanced when reading strategies are coupled with the shared adult/child reading sessions. . . . read more

Reading Aloud Makes Literature Meaningful for Young Readers

Secrets to Maximizing the Read Aloud Process

November 1, 2013

Reading aloud to children of all ages is an excellent way to develop a love of reading while developing vocabulary, comprehension,and decoding skills.  The read aloud process can be enhanced by avoiding some of the common mistakes that . . . read more

Reading Aloud. . .a Key to Reading Success. . .Especially for Title I Readers

Maximize the Benefits of Reading Aloud

October 30, 2013

Jim Trelease is an expert in reading research that focuses on the affects of reading aloud in the process of reading acquisition.  In his world-famous book The Read-Aloud Handbook, Trelease contends that reading aloud to/with a child . . . read more

Reading Reaches Across the Generations

Adults and Children Bridge the Communications Gap When Reading Together

October 1, 2013

In our fast paced contemporary world, adults and children often find it difficult to communicate effectively and frequently.  Research indicates fewer and fewer words are being shared between the adult and child populations.  As a . . . read more

Keys to Reading Success

Reading With a Child Can Take Many Forms

September 30, 2013

As the Title I Director at Central Unit School District #4, I am frequently asked for ideas that parents can use to assist their child in acquiring and mastering reading skills.  Since reading is the foundation for success in school. . . . . . read more

Parents Are Partners

Reading Strategies for Parents of Beginning Readers

September 12, 2013

Parents play a vital role in helping their child develop emergent reading skills.  Reinforcement of the readiness skills taught in the child's classroom can hasten mastery of these foundational skills.  Research data indicates . . . read more

Title I Teacher Trivia

Tales of a Title I Director

September 6, 2013

Teaching reading has been my passion throughout my professional career at Central Unit School District #4.  This passion has taken several forms during my tenure in the district.  Always with reading as a focus, I have taught fourth . . . read more

Title I Tidbits

Title I Has A Lot To Offer to Central's Students

September 6, 2013

Throughout the educational journey, reading plays a key role in determining the level of success a child will experience in the school setting and in life in general.  At Central Unit School District #4, we are keenly aware of the . . . read more

Title I Offers Reading Support to Central's Students

Specialized Instruction Gives Students a Reading Boost

September 1, 2013

Title I is a federally funded program that offers support to kindergarten through fourth grade students who can benefit from specialized instruction as they develop and perfect their reading skills.  Central's Title I program offers a . . . read more

Be Part of the Title I Team

Parents, Students, and Teachers Create a Winning Team

August 29, 2013

Title I is the largest federal assistance program for our nation's schools.  The goal of the Title I program is to provide a high-quality education for every student.  As a result, Title I provides extra, specialized help for . . . read more

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