With school back in session and hybrid or online learning being the standard, Lakewood Memorial Library is here to help! We have assembled the resources below for you and your student to be as successful as possible this school year. Check back often for updates!
Elementary Parent/Student Literacy Partners
On Tuesday evenings from 7-8 pm, the Literacy Partners Reading Program will be offering a one on one consultation hour. During this time parents can call, zoom in, or come in to the library talk to a certified reading specialist about any concerns or questions they may have regarding their child’s reading progress. Reading Specialists will be there to listen, offer suggestions, and connect you and your child to the appropriate resources within the school or community.
Consultations are available by appointment only.
Amy Anderson has 20 years of teaching experience in the Jamestown Public School system. Over the course of her career, she has taught grades Pre K thru 4th grade at Bush Elementary School and worked at Washington Middle School for five years as a Reading Specialist. She received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Reading from Fredonia State University. Amy is also trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to strategic decoding and reading strategies and has taken numerous classes and workshops in Brain Based teaching and learning.
The following enrichment activities were designed by Dr. Nancy Padak as a tool for parents to use to develop their child’s reading skills.
Dr. Nancy Padak is a Distinguished Professor of Education, Emerita, from Kent State University in Ohio. She directed KSU’s Reading and Writing Center and taught in the area of literacy education. She was the Principal Investigator for the Ohio Literacy Resource Center, which has provided support for adult and family literacy programs since 1993. She was also a classroom teacher and district administrator. She is an active researcher, author, and consultant and has served in a variety of professional leadership roles.
Let’s Learn about the ABC’s – Eventually young readers learn to use the sounds of letters and letter combinations to figure out words. Before that, however, children need to learn their ABCs and learn to recognize individual letters in print. Here are some activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Use short, 5-minute sessions. Make it like a game. Have fun!
Concepts about Print – To learn to read, young children need to figure out how print works. They need to learn about the parts of written language—lines, sentences, words, letters, Understanding these concepts about print sets the stage for reading success.
Phonemic Awareness – Phonics involves associating written letters or letter combinations with sounds in order to sound out words in print. To do this successfully, children must first learn to hear sounds in words. This is phonemic awareness, becoming aware of and learning to hear sounds (phonemes) in words.
Reading Aloud to Children – From infancy onward, children benefit from listening to someone read to them. They learn the language of the written word, which is somewhat different from oral language. They learn to love books and reading, as they snuggle with a loved one to look at and listen to books. As they get older, well into elementary school age, they benefit from hearing texts too difficult for them to read independently.
Word Games – We want children to develop large sight vocabularies. These are words children recognize by sight without having to sound them out. Games are a great way to encourage this kind of learning. Here are four adaptable game formats. Have fun!!
Poems At Home – Children love rhyming and poems because it helps them learn the nuances of language from an early age. This list is a convent tool to help parents engage with this learning and help their child grow!
Vocabulary Practice – Students need to see and hear new words many times to learn them. Here are some engaging and active ways for students to practice new words. The idea for these activities is reinforcement– and fun!
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