Monday, November 26, 2018

The Power of Choice

In the classroom, literacy teachers here at Newbury are encouraging students to choose books for independent reading based on their own interests. Research shows that students can actually read and comprehend a text at a higher reading level, simply because of their interest in the topic. Because the student has interest, he/she brings with them a wealth of background knowledge that can help the child decode and comprehend the text.

This is important for parents/guardians at home. What should you do? It's simple, always let your child decide! OK, let's not take that too far! But, when it comes to picking books to read, talk to your child about their interests. Ask librarians to help find new titles that might interest your child. Use Google to search for books. I often type in "good books for a ___ grader with ____ (topic)". Try it and see what comes up. It can be fun to seek out new reads together and the discussion you have with your child about books can be motivational in itself. 





Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Unwrap the Holidays: With Books!



With the celebration of different holidays throughout the winter season, a lot of families perform some kind of countdown to the big day. We suggest adding a literacy component to that countdown. 

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of phenomenal books written about any and every holiday out there. The idea is to gather enough holiday picture books to read one each day of your countdown. Some people purchase the books at the store or through Amazon, while others check out library books to borrow for their countdown. You could wrap the books in holiday paper and have the kids unwrap it as a surprise before the read. 

There are several ways to adapt this activity to work with your family and traditions. Don't be afraid to read aloud, even to your older children. We read picture books to your children everyday and talk about them! There are some incredibly sophisticated writing and ideas offered by picture books that provide a shared literary experience for our students as they grow as readers and writers.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Who What Where When and Why of Reading Instruction

I'm posting a link to a radio show that hosts one of our literacy coaches from the Literacy Collaborative training at The Ohio State University, Shelly Schaub.

The show is called All Sides with Ann Fisher. The program Columbus Literacy includes a panel of literacy gurus discussing the State report cards and how grades link to reading and writing instruction.

Click here to access the link to WOSU 89.7 radio.


Thursday, May 24, 2018


Shout out to Newbury Library Station's Summer Reading Program. Click on the link to register for the program. I love the feature where readers can write book reviews that are posted on their webpage! I would love to see our students sharing their thoughts about books on that page.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Literacy Night was a Success!!

A very big THANK YOU to all of the families that joined us for Literacy Night! It was a fun-filled evening centered around community, communication, and academics! We hope you enjoy some of the ideas to keep literacy alive over the summer break, and we look forward to sharing more events like this one in the future.

We would also like to extend a special THANK YOU to all of the staff that helped make the event amazing: Mr. Painley, Mrs. Levine, Mrs. Hinkle, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Pike, Mrs. Grendel, Mrs. Oravetz, Mrs. Zusy, Mrs. Ewing, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Dassatti, Mrs. Cusman, Mrs. Fletcher, Mr. Barton, Mrs. Lieblich, Mrs. Cerny, and Mrs. Medachik. We appreciate your enthusiasm and continued commitment to our school!

THANK YOU to BKP for helping provide refreshments for the event! You do so much for our teachers, students, and families!

Tips for Summer Writing

Operation Raising Writers
Sonya Morris
Literacy Coach
Newbury Local Schools

Hints for Keeping Your Child Writing This Summer

#1 Write letters back and forth… Students have been writing letters to their teachers all year long. Continuing this routine will help your child further develop their writing skills. The BIG IDEA here is to have children get their ideas out of their minds and onto the paper to grow their communication skills. Don’t take the “red pen” to their work! You don’t need to correct every spelling error or missed punctuation mark. Look for their message! It’s a message they want to share with you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you cannot read or understand the message, ask your child to read it to you.

#2 The Writer’s Notebook is coming your way… Students have been writing stories, essays, and ideas in their Writer’s Notebook during Writing Workshop all year long. We will be sending those beautiful books home with students at the end of the school year. Encourage students to continue their creative writing in it over the summer. Remember to give them an audience! Let students read their work (even if it is just their favorite part of the story) aloud to an audience. It might be you, the dog, the bunny, the neighbor, grandparents, anyone willing to listen and share the experience!

#3 Make a Vacation Journal… Are you taking a vacay this summer? Going camping? Hitting the beach? These environments are so different from our everyday lives, that they encourage students to notice the differences. This can be a powerful experience that lends itself to writing. Buy a $1 journal and hit the road! You can write about the experience, draw pictures, maps, describe what you learned or what you did. Children can have their own journal, or you could do one for the whole family. Add photos and souvenirs and you have a book of memories.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The day is near. It’s almost in sight!  Prepare for Summer Break & come to...  
     Family Literacy Night!
Oh! The Places You’ll Go When You READ This Summer!
What?  Family Literacy Night at Newbury School
When? Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 from 6:30-8 pm
Why? Because...

Join us in the cafeteria to eat, celebrate literacy, experience the Literacy Collaborative Framework in fun ways, and prepare for a great Summer Break with reading and writing activities that will keep you moving ahead.  Snap a photo, get some freebees, check out the latest book titles for 2018 ,and tour our public library station for some surprises along the way. Rotate through all six stations and receive a certificate and gift! Maybe you’ll win a Barnes and Noble Gift Card in our drawing? So don’t miss the show and you’ll be ready to go for summer.