Mrs. Law's Reading Place


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Check out the First Grade Hallway! Richland Teachers Really do love to read!

Add Some Diversity to Your Reading!

Read a new genre, read about a character different from you, read about a new idea~

Check out this website for more information


(Source:  Reading Rockets 4/17)

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:

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!

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?


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

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!

Parent University Easy Links to Websites

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:

Reading Ideas at Home
(Source:  Reading Rockets) 

You are your child's first Reading Role Model!

Most kids want to be like their parents. Lifelong habits start early in life.   If they see their parents reading daily, they will more likely become readers themselves. If they see their parents visiting libraries and checking out books, giving and receiving books as gifts, and borrowing and loaning books to friends, they will know their parents value reading.

Don't forget to read aloud!

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!

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

Ranger Rick Magazine

Highlights Magazine

    • How can I help my child when he/she is struggling with reading?

      • Before your child begins to read the book, invite them to do a picture walk, making connections with the pictures (What does this book remind me of?  What is happening?), and making predictions about what the story will be about.

      • Try echo reading.  Parent reads a page or paragraph aloud, and the child immediately reads it back.

      • Try choral reading.  Parent and child reads text (story/passage) aloud at the same time.

      • Try shared reading.  The parent and child each takes a turn reading a page or paragraph aloud.

      • Kindergarteners through Level F (mid 1st grade) should be pointing to each word with 1:1 correspondence.

      • Have your child follow along to books on tape or CD.  ***MRS. LAW has many books on audio cassette...let me know, and I will be happy to  lend them out along with a cassette player! Email me your request! 

      • If your child is stuck on a word, let them figure out the word on their own. Say the beginning letter sound, look for chunks they may know, sound it out, skip it, read on, go back, ask "does it look right, sound right, make sense?"

      • KEEP READING.  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.  Most of the 3rd grade boys have really enjoyed this activity!

      (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)

       StoryTown offers research-based phonics instruction that builds on phonological and phonemic awareness. StoryTown’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.

      Read Naturally Fluency Development Program to Build Rate

      Increasing Fluency with High Frequency Word Phrases (Edward Fry, Ph.D. and Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D. to Build 

      Expression and Prosody

      Read Naturally Strategy
      The Read Naturally Strategy combines three research-proven strategies—teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring—in effective intervention programs that improve reading proficiency.

      Essential Components of Reading
      Read Naturally's programs develop and support the five essential components of reading identified by the National Reading Panel—phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Some programs also develop spelling, which is now deemed important even though it was not included as one of the essential components of reading.

      Research Basis for Intervention Programs
      Read Naturally incorporates research findings in the designs of its intervention programs. Fluency is an important focus of the Read Naturally Strategy programs because studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between oral reading fluency and overall reading achievement. Take Aim at Vocabulary, Word Warm-ups, and Signs for Sounds also incorporate research-based principles, strategies, and instructional components,

      Alignment With Best Practices
      Various individuals and organizations have reviewed the reading research and crystallized the results in recommended practices that they consider to be the most effective ways to develop reading skills. Because Read Naturally's programs are research-based, they align well with these recommended practices.

      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

      Check out these sites!

      Tacky the Penguin Video Book

      Silly Sally  Video Book

      Reading Rockets Parent Site

      Owls Babies Video Book

      Please Feel Free to Email Me