January Assessments and Interruption of Reading Groups

I will not be meeting with my reading groups for about 2 weeks because January school wide reading assessments began today.  I will however, continue to send home reading bags for kindergarten students and first grade students.

The January Assessments include:

Kindergarten Assessments- Sight words (The words tested are found on this blog.), letter names, letter sounds, first sound in words when asked orally – (“What is the first sound in the word man?” /m/), Segmenting sounds in words when asked orally –  (What are all the sounds in the word cat? /c/ /a/ /t/) and an assessment to determine overall reading level.

First Grade – Sight words (The words tested are found on this blog.), blending of letter sounds with a consonant, vowel, and consonant to create a pretend word (for example, “mip”), reading passages at the first grade level and an assessment to determine overall reading level.

Second Grade – Sight words (The words tested are found on this blog.), reading passages (oral reading and comprehension) at the second grade level and an assessment to determine overall reading level.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the assessments, our schedule or anything else.

julie.yoder@pennmanor.net

717-872-9530 Ext. 3014

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Grinchmas Fun Activities

Just passing on a website with some holiday activities. Click below. Have fun and enjoy your holiday! I love working with your children!

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Pretend Words – Why Are They Important?

Your child is often asked to read pretend words and I get the question a lot – Why pretend words?

A pretend word is a word like “mip” or “sog”- consonant, vowel, consonant.  Your child’s ability to read these words is a very good indicator of his/her knowledge of letters, letter sounds and the ability to blend sounds into words.  One reason why this is such a good indicator is because pretend words are not attached to any real words students may already know.  It is a “pure assessment of students’ ability to apply knowledge of letters and letter sounds to decode a word.” 

In addition, students will be faced with these “pretend” words as they read larger words.  Their ability to decode pretend words will help them to read words like “hectic” “velvet” etc. by breaking the word into pretend word chunks.

See how well your child does with these pretend words:

sek   tav   og   yuk   lil   mav   nef   vif   uz   non   jez   fid   yud   mot   sav   ep   poz   zal   suf  


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Julie Yoder

Reading Teacher

julie.yoder@pennmanor.net

717-872-9530 Ext. 3014

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Tutoring/End of Year Information

A few things to pass on to you at this time of year:

1.Each year I pass on names of LeTort teachers that tutor over the summer.  If this is something you would like to check about for your child, please contact them directly for details.

Jenna Moyer (Fifth Grade Teacher – jenna.moyer@pennmanor.net)

Danielle Gwyn (Fourth Grade Teacher – danielle.gwyn@pennmanor.net)

2. If you were considering having your child take part in the BEST Reading Clinic at Millersville University, we were recently informed that they no longer have the program there.

3. First Grade Parents – Tonight is the last evening for a reading bag from me.  Thank you again for your support this year with evening reading!

4. Next week is the week to bring in books for the book swap.  Students may bring in books each day next week. Have fun looking for books your child already read!

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