ome, McAuliffe's  Students, and Families, 
to the 2021-2022 School Year!


I am Dr. Natasha Ridley, Title I Reading educator at McAuliffe Elementary School. I am also a Reading Recovery trained teacher. I am excited about starting a new school year with you, and I expect it to be an enriching year!

Please remember to READ, READ, READ!

A good parent-teacher relationship is essential for the success of your child. I will communicate with you during the year through the school web page, zoom, phone calls, monthly newsletters, progress reports, parent and family engagement meetings, and parent-teacher conferences. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can call the school, send a note, or email me. I will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for all of your cooperation and support. 

Tips on How to Improve Your Child's Reading Skills

Tip 1 - 
Talk to your Child: Oral language is the foundation for reading. Tell stories about yourself and your relatives. Talk about the things you are doing. Ask lots of questions, what they did, how they feel. Give your child time to find the words they want to use. Sing the alphabet song.

Tip 2 - 
Read Every Day: Children love routines; reading is something you can both look forward to every day. Start reading with your child when he or she is very young. Have a special time each day, a comfortable "reading place", and a special shelf for your child's books. Read slowly so your child can form a mental picture of what is happening in the story, and praise them for their participation. Take books with you when you are away from home, and, keep reading to your child even after he or she has learned to read.

Tip 3 - 
Set an Example: As a parent you are your child's most important role model. Let them see you reading. Read recipes, food labels, instructions, cereal boxes, traffic signs and signs in stores. Look up information in cookbooks, manuals, phone books, atlases and dictionaries. Read greeting and Christmas cards, letters, and e-mail messages to and from relatives.

Tip 4 - 
Talk about Books: Discussing a book with your child helps them understand it and connect to it. Ask your child about the kinds of books he or she would like to read. Talk about your favorite books from your childhood and offer to read them. Encourage questions before, during and after the story, encourage your child to think critically about the story. Do they agree or disagree with the author and why? Look at the cover of a book and ask what they think might happen in the story. Give your child time to think about the story and ask them about it again a few days later.

Tip 5 - 
Listen to your child read: As your child learns to read, let them practice reading aloud to improve their reading skills. Make sure they pick a book that's not too difficult. Have them read at a time when there will be no interruptions. Give them time to figure out tricky words. Show them you are enjoying the story. Take turns reading, especially if he or she is just beginning to read or try reading together. Talk about the story after to make sure he or she understands it.

Tip 6 -
 Show that you value your child's efforts: Your child needs to know you value their efforts. Learning to read takes time, lots of practice and support from parents and teachers.
Choose books that are at the right level for your child and that will help your child improve. Be patient and flexible in your efforts. Show your child that you can see him or her getting better as a reader, and praise their efforts to learn.

Please visit the Virginia Education Association website for a list books your child will love! www.veanea.org/home/books-your-child-will-love.htm

Literacy tips for parents. (2010, Apr 21). The Caledonia Courier Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/373160300?accountid=14872

Metacognitive Strategy

Asking Questions 

Asking your child questions about what they read is a wonderful way to support your child’s reading comprehension:

“How did the character change throughout the story?” & “Why did the character change?”
“What is the most exciting part of the story?” & “Why is that exciting to you?”
“What is one thing you would change in the story, if you could change anything?”
“What is this book mostly about?”
“Do you think I (the parent) would like this book?” & “Why would I like it?” 

Children should also be asking questions before, during, and after reading on their own:

Before Questions

“Why would the author write this book?”
“Is this book fiction or nonfiction?”
“Why do I want to read this book?”

During Questions

“What did I read that doesn’t make sense?” & “What confused me?” (re-read to make sense)
“Why did the main character do that?” (re-read to find clues in the text)
“Do I understand what is happening in the story?” (re-read to understand)
“Do I know what all of the words mean?” (re-read to find clues)

After Questions

“What was the problem in this story?” “What was the solution?”
“How much time passes in the story? (a day, months, years)
“What did I learn from reading this book?”
“I can make a connection to this book because I know….”