Third Marking Period Conferences

I am hoping that by now all parents have been given an opportunity to meet to discuss your child’s progress. Some of you have already met and others have a date scheduled. If you have not been given an opportunity to meet, please contact me. I do not want to miss anyone. Thanks!

julie.yoder@pennmanor.net

717-872-9530 Ext 3014


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Free Tutoring at Millersville University

I just noticed that information is now posted for the Spring session of Study Buddies at Millersville. Here is the link for more information:

http://mustudybuddies.wixsite.com/studybuddies


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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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