Mrs. Law's Reading Place

Multisensory Ways to Learn Your Sight Words
Using multisensory methods engages more than one sense at a time.
  Using sight, hearing, touch, and movement gives kids more than one way
to connect with what they are learning.

You Can Learn Sight Words in Different Ways!

1.  See and Say:  Read and say the word while you underline it with your finger.
2.  Spell Reading:  Read and say the word then spell out the letters.  Read the word again.
3.  Arm Tapping:  Read and say the word then spell out the letters while tapping them on the your arm.
4.  Air Writing:  Read and say the word then write the letters in the air in front of you.
5.  Table Writing:  Read and say the word, then write the letters on the table with your fingers.

YODA reminds us that we can read anywhere!

Yoda says You Can Read Anywhere!

Word Attack Strategies
Word-attack strategies help students decode, pronounce, and understand unfamiliar words. They help students attack words piece by piece or from a different angle.

Get your mouth ready to make the first sound.
Chunk it! Look for smaller words hiding inside.
Repeat the word. Reread the sentence.
Look at the picture clues.
Skip the word and then come back to it.
Think about the meaning of the story.

Mrs. Law's Word Attack Strategies

Enjoy a little story read by Richie!  Richie practiced his Word Attack Strategies and is now able to read fluently...

Richie reads "Biscuit Wins a Prize"

Mrs. Law loves to read in a variety of places, even while staying at home...

Reading Takes You Places


Winter Poety Cafe (2019)

Poetry Cafe 3rd and 4th Grade

Novel Bunch Book Commercials February 2020

February 2020 Novel Bunch Book Commercials was filmed entirely by Nathan Perez, 4th Grade Ms. Freelon's Class

Novel Bunch Book Commercials October 2019

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Readers are made on the laps of their parents (or any loving adult)!

Hello Parents! First of all, take a breath! You've got this! Give grace to yourself and your children. I will be providing you with ideas and links to learning websites for fun and engaging activities.  You may email me any questions and I will do my best to answer any general questions you may have.

Here are 2 questions you may already have:

"Is it okay if my child chooses books that seem too easy for them?"

Yes! Relax and allow them to read easy books. This builds confidence and enjoyment of reading.

"Is listening to books okay?"

Yes, Absolutely! This builds vocabulary and listening comprehension and spawns reading enjoyment for any age.

Mrs. Law has an INSTAGRAM site too!  Follow @mrslawreading 

This is Frank and he loves to read books about pups! Send me pictures of you reading 

Try This Website...

  • Time for Kids: This is an online weekly magazine written for kids, and news from around the world. It is grade specific as well 5th and 6th, 3rd and 4th, 2, k and 1st.

I recommend this website because its digital library is free for the rest of the school year! It is grade specific. If your child is a striving reader right now, I recommend selecting reading material a grade below to get started. This will encourage independent reading and self-confidence. There is even teaching materials you can use to teach at home! 

Online activities for families: (Source Reading Rockets)

Share examples of good interactive educational websites that parents and young kids can explore together. PBS KIDS Lab offers the newest educational games, activities and mobile apps, for kids PreK to grade 3.There are lots of other quality websites for kids — here are a few more of our favorites:


Here are some great "free" websites for reading and math!
Have fun exploring together...

Switcheroo Zoo:  Learn about amazing animals

Seussville:  Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends

Highlights kids:  read, play games and conduct science experiments

Fun Brain:  Play games while practicing math and reading skills

Ranger Rick Magazine - Free rest of the year!

Parent University Easy Links to Websites

Thank for Sharing Mrs. Weber (Junior High Reading Specialist) You are awesome!

Reading Ideas at Home
(Source:  Reading Rockets) 

You are your child's first Reading Role Model!

Most kids want to be like their parents, grandparents, or guardians! Lifelong reading habits begin early in their life.   If they see their parents reading every day, they will more likely become readers themselves. If they see their parents and role models visiting libraries and checking out books, giving and receiving books as gifts, and borrowing and loaning books to friends and loved ones, they will know their parents value reading!

Parents, Don't forget to read aloud at any age!

Reading to your child, even for a few minutes each day, prepares them to read and encourages a positive attitude toward reading.  Kids who are read to at home learn to read more easily, have a higher vocabulary, and are more likely to develop a love for reading.

You can make Personal Libraries at Home!

Children love having their own place to keep special books.  By encouraging your child to set up this special place, you are helping them show their love and respect for books. Here are some ideas for helping set up their own personal library:

Find a special place for books. If your child's room doesn't have a bookshelf, use a box, basket, or other container.  I get my Plastic stacking cubes from the Goodwill Store!

Try to let your child choose the books they want to add to their personal library.  A trip to a thrift store, garage sale or bookstore is a fun activity.  The Goodwill is my GO-TO spot to get lots of good books!

Take your child to the library regularly. Crest Hill Library is a wonderful place to spend time!  Even a child with a well-stocked bookshelf needs a fresh supply of books. Encourage our child to treat library books with the same care they show their own.  Teach them to LOVE A BOOK.

Ask Mrs. Law!  I have access to many other sources and many are free! Just let me know

Give your child books or magazine subscriptions as gifts. 

Magazine Ideas:

Cricket Magazine

Highlights Magazine

Introduce your students and their families to stories from around the world. Let them know about the International Children's Digital Library, an amazing (and growing!) collection of international children's books available to read online in their original languages. Big Universe is another online library of fiction and nonfiction books for kids 0-12. The site also offers adults and kids the chance to create and publish their own stories.

Suggest audio books as an alternative to print, especially for kids with learning disabilities that make reading a struggle. See our article, Listen and Learn with Audio Books (available in English and Spanish). You can now download stories to iPods and other mobile devices, perfect for car rides or a lazy hot afternoon. Tales2Go offers high-quality kids' books through a mobile streaming service. AudibleKids has an extensive collection of downloadable books, and some of them are free through a partnership with RIF. Browse our list of Favorite Audio Books and find even more titles on Book Finder.

For students with vision or learning disabilities, tell your parents about Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic), which provides free audio books for kids to listen over the summer. Find lots more ideas and resources for accessible print on the blog, Aiming for Access.

I loved celebrating International Bat Week this year!
My second and 3rd graders received informational books to learn more about Bats!
To learn more, you can visit

Camping Out With Books October, 2017

So Much Fun!

One of my favorite books!

Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

by:  Kate DiCamillo

What do you like to read?

This year, 4th Grade Novel Bunch Kids enjoy reading:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter, Joke Books, Peanuts (Snoopy), just to name a few books! We enjoy reading together on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Ask Mrs. Buckley or Mrs. Law to join The Novel Bunch book club!

We'll be starting soon, so stay tuned!

Frank's Favorites

 Mrs. Law has a new Reading Buddy!  His name is Frank and he loves to read books about dogs!

         Frank is lounging with his new books...   

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion is about a dog named Harry who does not like to get a bath until his family does not recognize him because he was so dirty!

Puppy to the Rescue by Kay Barnes is about a puppy who saves the day!
Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy is about a girl who must create a measuring project for school and decides to use her dog!

All of these books may be checked out from Mrs. Law!  They will be on my desk ready to be enjoyed by students who ask to borrow them.

          Can you Guess What We Are Reading?

Dear Families...Come Visit Our Reading Lounge!

The students love to visit and read!

Every year we have a reading poster contest to decorate our Reading Lounge!

2016-2017 Reading Lounge Poster Contest Winner:  Alexis Fuentas, 3rd Grade

The 2017-2018 Reading Lounge Poster Contest: Kate Rudman, 3rd Grade

So many great posters that entered the contest this year!

 Thank You to First Grade for choosing your favorite...I could not have decided!

Book Hooks

Book reviews for Richland Students by Richland Students

Getting Kids Excited About Books

What is this book about?
Why would you recommend this book?
Who would like to read this book?

Natasha likes this book! You should read it!

*Especially for k-2nd Grade Parents**

A Tip About High Frequency Words

Measuring the Value of High-Frequency Words

Our teachers are diligent about teaching our students high frequency words (sometimes referred to as sight words).

We need your help by helping your children memorize these words!  Please try to read the short story below.  The high frequency words have been blacked out to show you how often these words appear in your child’s text.  High frequency words appear quite frequently, don’t they?  Home support is so important to help make these words easy and fast to read!  As your child’s fluency increases so will their comprehension!

(Source:  6 Traits of Writing - Smekens Professional Development)

Here is a wonderful book that really makes me laugh!

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

 Mrs. Law and Gloria

Please check out this amazing information about the importance of reading at home:


      Children learn to read by reading.

      Reading can take you to places you have never seen! Enjoy the Adventure!

      Top 10 Ways to Become a Better Reader

      In Mrs. Law's Room, I offer "Mrs. Law's Hot Read"!  Students may borrow any book I am featuring on 

      my desk.  

      (Thank you Steven Layne for this great idea! The kids love it!)

      Intervention Programs at Richland that build Phonics, Word Reading and Fluency

      Wilson Reading System® Description:

      The Wilson Reading System is a research-based reading and writing program. It is a complete curriculum for teaching decoding and encoding (spelling) beginning with phoneme segmentation. WRS directly teaches the structure of words in the English language so that students master the coding system for reading and spelling. Unlike other programs that overwhelm the student with rules, the language system of English is presented in a systematic and cumulative manner so that it is manageable. It provides an organized, sequential system with extensive controlled text to help teachers implement a multisensory structured language program.

      Wilson directly teaches the structure of words in the English language with an organized and sequential system with 12 steps. Steps 1 and 2 emphasize phonemic segmentation skills (the ability to separate the sounds in a word) and blending the sounds together again. Initially utilizing monosyllabic words, a student learns to segment sounds within words. In addition to using sound cards, the Wilson program uses a unique "sound tapping" procedure in these early steps. For example, in teaching the word "map" three lettered cards are put on the table to represent the three sounds in the word. The student is taught to say each sound while tapping a different finger to his or her thumb, as follows:

      • As he says the /m/ sound, he taps his index finger to his thumb.

      • As he says the /a/ sound, he taps his middle finger to his thumb.

      • As he says the /p/ sound, he taps his ring finger to his thumb

      He then says the sounds as he drags his thumb across the three fingers starting with his index finger and ending with his ring finger.

      Strategic Intervention (Story Town)

       Story Town offers research-based phonics instruction that builds on phonological and phonemic awareness. Story Town’s explicit systematic phonics instruction begins by connecting letter to sound then word-blending, word building, using letter-sound correspondences to spell words, and applying with decodable text.

      NOW I GET IT!~ Mondo Publishing Company

      Comprehension Intervention for 2-5th Grade (Small Group)

      Children's Book Author's

      Meet the Author

      Mrs. Law went to see Chris Van Allsburg in Naperville.

      He was so interesting to meet!  I was so excited to have my books signed!  In the picture I took of him, he is signing 

      my book "The Polar Express.  This is one of my favorites from him!

      His books include: The Polar Express, Jumanji, Zathura and many more books!

      Meet The Author
      Grandfather Gandhi, by Arun Gandhi (Grandson of Mohandas Gandhi)
      Mrs. Law visited Anderson Book Shop on Saturday, April 26th to meet this author.
      "A stunning portrait of an extraordinary man who taught the world to live as light...  To live with peace and non-violence."

      Making a home library can be quite expensive.  Please let me know if you would like some help getting books for your

      child.  This is strictly confidential.

      Mrs. Law, Reading Specialist

      Please Feel Free to Email Me