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Launch into Literacy

Newsletter for K-8 Parents

Fall 2009

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Nonpublic School Services Division Norristown, Pennsylvania, 19403 (610) 755-9322

Volume 8, Issue 1

About MCIU

This newsletter was prepared by reading specialists from the MCIU in order to guide parents in ways to help children with reading, writing and listening skills. Parents are encouraged to explore these ideas and implement those which are appropriate for their children. Reading Services are provided to nonpublic schools by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit under the state program, Act 89, and/or Federal Title I Funding. Reading specialists work to improve students' proficiency in phonemic awareness, reading fluency, word analysis, vocabulary, comprehension and/or study skills. Based on assessment results, instruction is provided in small group settings. Consultation with principals, classroom teachers and parents is an integral part of the delivery of these services.

Hot Picks

Jackie & Me by Dan Gutman (Grades 4-6) Young Joe Stoshack goes back in time 50 years to visit Jackie Robinson, a New York Dodgers baseball player who broke the major league baseball color barrier. Book Connections: Make a list of items you would take with you if you went back in time 50 years. What would you need or want to take? How would you dress? Parents and children can think about the problems they might face if they went back in time 50 years. Think about how the language, culture, technology, etc may be different. Mr. Putter & Tabby Walk the Dog by Cynthia Rylant (Grades K-3) Mrs. Teaberry's dog Zeke seems to be a "dream dog." So when Mrs. Teaberry hurts her foot, her friend Mr. Putter does not hesitate to volunteer to walk him. At the end of a leash, however, the little bulldog is a "nightmare." He tugs, tangles, and chases "big dogs." Mr. Putter and his cat, resort to bribing Zeke with ice cream, swimming pools, carnivals, and zoos. Book Connections: Talk about what you would do if your dog tugged his leash and chased big dogs. What could you do to make the dog behave? Talk about a time when you did a favor for a friend and it did not turn out the way you expected. Silent to the Bone by E.L.Konigsburg (teen fiction) Something awful happens to Branwell's baby sister that leaves her in a coma, and he has chosen not to tell what he knows. It is up to his best friend Connor to unlock Branwell's silence--can he find out enough information from Branwell to clear him of suspicion? Book Connections: Have you ever been accused of something that you didn't do? What did you do to clear your name? Were you believed? What else could you have done to convince others that you were innocent?

@Copyright (2009) by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. MCIU is an equal opportunity employment, educational and service organization

Parents, here are some great questions to help your child monitor what they're reading.


Who are the main characters in the story? Do I like or dislike them? Why? Who is the most important character in the story? Why? Do any of the characters change in the story? How? Does a character do things that are good or bad? What are they?

Promote phrased reading with poetry.

Phrases or groups of words should be read easily, as opposed to word by word reading. A parent site with links to obtain learning materials and worksheets for your student. Provides interesting and informative games, videos, stories and activities on various topics related to our natural world.


Where does this story take place? What is this place like? When did this story take place? How do you know? Is there anything I can tell about the setting even though it does not say it directly?


What are the main things that have happened in this story? Can I guess what is going to happen next? What clues can I use? What would I have done differently if I had been one of the characters?

A Brief History of the English Language

Having roots in the blending of many languages, the modern English language traces back to the Norman Invasion in 1066, when thousands of words adopted from French and Latin were gradually added to the English language Over time, the aristocracy adopted English as their language as well, taking the first steps toward standardization with the development of the printing press. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, the subject-verb-object pattern developed and growth in vocabulary from Latin, Greek, Italian, French and Spanish led to an emergence of English as a modern language. Using English, Shakespeare and Chaucer rose as literary forces whose influence continues today. Modern English was brought to the new colonies in the Americas, adding more new vocabulary and many dialects. The use of English continues globally, and is used in international business dealings, science and popular culture.

Fluency is the ability to read aloud expressively and with understanding: Some ways to encourage fluency are:

Read aloud and with expression to your child. Expose your child to a wide variety of genres including poetry, folk tales, fairy tales, etc. Repeated readings help students recognize high-frequency words and strengthen their ease of reading. Echo reading builds confidence and fluency. Read aloud a line of text and your child repeats the line back to you. Continue taking turns Choral read with your student. Start with short, interesting passages. Lead the reading as your child reads with you. As your child becomes comfortable, allow him/her to lead the reading while you read along.


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