Here’s a strategy that you can use to practice letters, high frequency words, or Math facts!

While your child is learning to be creative, a thinker, and a problem solver in school, there are still some specific skills that need to be practiced so they aren’t working so hard on those and don’t have enough brain energy to think.  High frequency words are words that students need to be able to read automatically.  They are found frequently in text or are typically spelled in a way that does not enable a student to sound them out.  We practice these a lot when students are learning how to read in the primary grades.  Math facts are another specific skill that students need to know so students can put more energy into solving problems.

Here is a quick and easy strategy that can be used to practice high frequency words and math facts.  All you need is some paper (or index cards from the dollar store) and a marker.  The strategy is called Incremental Rehearsal, but it’s much easier than it sounds.  Check out the video by clicking on the link below.

Incremental Rehearsal

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ABC Tic Tac Toe

Here is a very easy way to practice letters and sounds, especially if there are specific letters that need some extra practice.  Click on the link below to watch how two of our Kindergarten students practice the letters b and f.

Kindergarten ABC Tic Tac Toe


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Welcome to Kindergarten!

I was so nice to meet all of you at Kindergarten Orientation!  This is a special evening because it is your child’s first experience meeting his/her first elementary school teacher and seeing the classroom.  We went over some information about some assessments we will be doing the first couple of weeks of school.  We mentioned letter naming fluency and first sound fluency.  I’ve posted a video that reviews information about the assessments that we mentioned and included some activities that you can to at home.  Click on it to get the recap.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Title I

How is my child selected for Title I?

Once the entire school has been assessed with the appropriate grade-level assessments, the academic support team , which includes the Reading Specialists, Mr. Howe, the classroom teachers, and the guidance counselor, meet to review the data and select the students that display the greatest need according to the Title I criteria.

How will I know if my child qualifies for Reading support?

Students who have been chosen to receive Reading support will be notified by letter.  If, at any time, the Reading Specialists will be happy to discuss a parent’s concerns if their child has been selected.  Contact information will be posted at the end.   Continue reading

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What is Title I?

Hambright Elementary School is a Title I Targeted Assistance school. Title I is a federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve academic achievement. The amount of money each school receives is based on the number of students who receive free/reduced lunch. Penn Manor uses that funding to improve reading achievement in grades K – 8.  For more information about Title I and what it’s all about, check out the PowerPoint below.

New Title I Parent Power Point

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Welcome to the Title I/Academic Support blog! This blog is a resource for Hambright parents that provides information about the Title I Reading support that is provided to our students. Parents, you can also find activities that enable you to help your child at home. Also, keep an eye open for opportunities to see some of our students hard at work, but having fun while they learn.  I hope you find this resource helpful.

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