READING TEACHER - MRS. DOUGHERTY
There's a lot of reading and writing going on at our brand new Willow Dale Elementary School. Children are busy working with their classmates exploring new topics and ideas. Guided reading lessons are going strong in the classroom. This is an exciting opportunity for students to read books that are specifically chosen according to their own instructional level. Teachers guide their thinking as the children interact with the text.
All students are tested in the Fall, Winter, and Spring with various reading probes to see if they are reading on grade level and interventions are provided to help students that are below grade level. A team of teachers including the reading specialists, ESL teacher, learning support teachers, and title 1 tutors assist the classroom teacher during their literacy block.
On March 29, 2012, our students from 4th and 5th grade will be competing in Reading Olympics. This is an opportunity for students to have fun by showing their excitement for good books. Everyone has a great time cheering for our teams from Willow Dale.
As always, please make sure that your child reads every night and don't forget to ask them about the books they are reading. Making connections on the books that they read helps them understand more deeply and develops good reading habits. Keep books in your home. Remember having your child seeing you read is a marvelous motivator. I encourage you to join your community library and visit it often. Summer is a wonderful time for your child to kick back and enjoy a good book.
There will be a Parent-Child Workshop at McDonald School on the evening of Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 6:30 p.m. This workshop will be dedicated to summer reading. More information will be coming out regarding this great reading event.
MRS. DOUGHERTY, M. S. Ed.