"Babies are born with the instinct to speak, the way spiders are born with the instinct to spin webs. You don't need to train babies to speak; they just do. But reading is different." — Steven Pinker



September 2019 Reading Newsletter


Welcome One and All to School Year 2019 – 2020!


Dear Parents, Guardians,


Welcome to the Early Learning Center! We are excited to begin our new school year. The school is buzzing with excitement and students are beginning their new journey as learners.


As we teach our students to read, we also wish to encourage them to develop the habit of reading daily. Elementary students throughout the district are provided reading calendars during the school year to practice the skills taught daily. These calendars are available on our website under the Reading Tab. Please return your child’s completed reading calendar to school on the third day of the new month.  Our goal is to create lifelong readers.


Here’s how you can help:

·           Post your child’s reading calendar on the refrigerator for easy check off.

·           Set aside a time frame each day for quiet reading time. Just before bedtime is a perfect time to help a child settle in for the night.

·           Help your child practice the sight vocabulary that is taught each week. Your child will see these words in his daily reading.  Play board games, go fish, memory etc. to help your child read these words with automaticity. He/She will need to understand what the words mean as well. (Students in grade 1 will need to learn 200+ sight words* each year. Kindergarten students will learn 40+ sight words*.)

·           Read to/with your child. Have your child read to a younger/older sibling, or grandparent. Take turns reading.

·           Sign your child’s reading calendar.

·           Send the calendar back to school by the third school day of each new month.


*Sight words are those words we cannot sound out (decode).




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Parent Resources: Books that may interest you.

Reading Magic Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox Parents’ guide to student success (Webbing into Literacy pre-kthrough grade 1)


I’m looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your children. Should you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to contact me at Library Street School, 886-1255, extension 35010.




Robin Nichols- Cruz

Reading Specialist





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