Reading Program

Ms. Lorraine Esposito 



The Basic Skills Reading Program at Northvail, helps develop essential reading skills progressively from grade to grade. As the building Reading Specialist, I work with children who may need an extra boost. The program allows students to enter and exit based on their success in acquiring skills. Continuous monitoring during the year, provides ongoing information on each student's individual progress, allowing the classroom teacher and myself to target specific student needs. If you have a special question or concern you would like me to address in the area of literacy, please e-mail me at [email protected]

Ways Parents Can Promote Reading at Home
By Marilyn Lopes As a parent, you are your child's first - and most important - teacher. Here are eight ways you can help your child become a better reader.

1. Read yourself. Your actions really do speak louder than your words. When your kids see you reading the newspaper or curling up with a book, they will want to follow your example.

2. Make sure your children read every day. Reading - like shooting baskets and playing the piano - is a skill. Like other skills, it gets better with practice. Researchers have found that children who spend at least 30 minutes a day reading for fun - whether they read books, newspapers, or magazines - develop the skills to be better readers at school.

3. Get the library habit. Make sure everyone in your family has a library card. Schedule regular trips to the library. While you are there, check out a book yourself!

4. Read aloud to the children. In The Read Aloud Handbook, Jim T release reports on research showing that this is the most important thing parents can do to help their children become better readers. 

Here are some tips from the book:
Start reading to your children when they are young. It is never too early to begin reading to your children. Don't stop reading to your children as they grow older. You will both enjoy the chance to do something together. Set aside some time each day for reading aloud. Even 10 minutes a day can have a big impact. Bedtime is a natural reading aloud time. Other busy families read aloud at breakfast or just after dinner. Read books you enjoy. 

5. Give books as gifts. Then find a special place for your children to keep their own library.

6. Make reading a privilege. Say, "You can stay up 15 minutes later tonight if you read in bed." Or you might say, "Because you helped with the dishes, I have time to read you an extra story."


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