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Lori  McDonald
First Grade Teacher
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Welcome to my webpage! 

I'm so glad you have decided to visit.  Mrs. McDonald has some


this year!  We are becoming awesome, fluent readers.


Here are some tips for parents to help that first grader bloom and blossom into a fantastic reader:

Don’t leave home without it. Bring along a book or magazine any time yourchild has to wait, such as at a doctor’s office.Always try to fit in reading!


Once is not enough. Encourage your child to re-read favorite booksand poems. Re-reading helps kids read morequickly and accurately.


Dig deeper into the story. Ask your child questions about the story you'vejust read. Say something like, “Why do you thinkClifford did that?”


Take control of the television. It’s difficult for reading to compete withTV and video games. Encourage reading as afree-time activity.


Be patient. When your child is trying to sound out anunfamiliar word, give him or her time to do so. Remind your child to look closely at the first letter or letters of the word.


Pick books that are at the right level. Help your child pick books that are not toodifficult. The aim is to give your child lots ofsuccessful reading experiences.


Play word games. Have your child sound out the word as youchange it from mat to fat to sat; from sat to sag tosap; and from sap to sip.


I read to you, you read to me. Take turns reading aloud at bedtime. Kids enjoythis special time with their parents.


Gently correct your young reader. When your child makes a mistake, gently pointout the letters he or she overlooked or readincorrectly. Many beginning readers will guesswildly at a word based on its first letter.


Talk, talk, talk! Talk with your child every day about school andthings going on around the house. Sprinkle someinteresting words into the conversation, andbuild on words you’ve talked about in the past.


Write, write, write! Ask your child to help you write out the grocery list, a thank you note to Grandma, or to keep a journal of special things that happen at home.