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Reading Interventionist

Welcome to my website.
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          I have been a part of Liberty Drive Elementary
School for the past 15 years both as a classroom
teacher and as a Title 1 Reading Specialist.
          As a Reading Specialist for 4th and 5th grade,
I work with students in small groups to improve
phonics, word study, reading and comprehending
text, and their ability to write about what was read.
Help your child pick "just right" books to read.  Open the book to a full page of print and have him/her put up 1 finger for every word missed.  If no fingers go up, it is too easy.  If he/she puts up 4 or more fingers, it is probably too hard.  If 2-3 fingers are put up, the book should be just right for him/her to read. 
As a reader, if your child is making 4 + errors on a page it is taking too much time to decode words and the brain will not be able to make meaning out of the reading.
  • The spinner game attached below is for talking about a nonfiction book that your child might have read.  If you don't have scissors to cut the pieces out, you can leave the spinner on the paper.  Create the arrow part drawing one on a small piece of cardboard you may have or use a small paper clip.  Use a pencil to hold the arrow on the spinner board.  Place the point of the pencil on the dot in the middle of the circle, then lift the pencil and place the point in the hole at the end of the arrow or inside one end of the paperclip and put the point back on the dot in the center of the circle.  Hold the pencil straight up and pushing down on the dot in the circle with the point the the paperclip or hole in the arrow.  Spin the arrow while holding everything in place with the pencil.
  • The Bingo Game could be played with any words that you are studying.  You could make your own cards by using the attached bingo cards as models.  Create a card and write the words you are studying one in each space.  Make a list for someone to read off of (read in any order) or make cards with the words on for someone to call out.
Help your child learn to read and write High frequency words and sight words to help your child's fluency in reading and writing.  Begin with the first hundred words in the fry list.  Check the first 10 words to see if your child can write and read the words quickly, without having to think about it. If so continue to the next 10 words until you find a group that needs to be worked on. Practice by cutting a piece of lined paper into 10 pieces to make flashcards.  Work until the words can be read at flash speed and as he reads have him close eyes and orally spell.  Write letters in the air as he spell and practice writing with index finger on a table top.  Then give a dictation where you say the words one at a time and your child writes the words on paper.   Continue with groups of 5-10 words, depending on your child. Eventually your child should be able to read and write 200-300 words at flash speed.