Friday, May 10, 2019

Tips to Continue Independent Reading this Summer

Students have an independent reading component during the Reading Workshop portion of their literacy block. They are familiar with choosing books that are "just right" for their reading ability and something that they are interested in. Reading silently along with writing and talking about their books is a crucial part of our literacy framework.


We encourage parents and guardians to continue to work on these skills over the summer. The following tips can help parents encourage and support independent reading at home.

  • Let kids choose the books.
  • The student reads one page, then the parent reads one page, then repeat.
  • Students can read to other people or pets.
  • Talk about the books you're reading.
  • Have students reread a book.
  • Kids can read on their own.
  • Parents can choose special books to read with students.
Check the blog page "Books to Read Together" (to the right) for book pics from Literacy Night!

2nd Annual Literacy Night at Newbury


Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual Literacy Night at Newbury Elementary School, despite the rain and stormy weather! We were so excited to share what we do in the classroom with our readers and writers. 

We hope this opportunity set our students and their families up for a successful summer of continued literacy fun! 

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!