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Monday, August 31, 2015

Reading Rockets Newsletter: September 2015


September 2015 Newsletter

In Focus | Books & Authors | Ideas for Parents & Teachers | Research & News

In Focus: Back to School for Young Readers!

Creating a welcoming classroom, freshening up your literacy centers, tips for special education teachers, creative ideas for back-to-school night, and much more our Back to School section for parents and teachers.

The Literacy-Rich Classroom

Get a snapshot of what a literacy-rich environment looks like, a closer look at literacy centers, tips on how to set up a genre-rich and inviting classroom library and more.
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Creating a Classroom Library

Teacher tips on acquiring reading materials, organizing and labeling the shelves, making the space cozy and inviting for young readers – and how to involve your students.
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Parents as Partners

Kids do best in school when teachers and parents are working together. Explore ways to help your parents support their young readers at home. Find more resources in our Parent Engagement section.
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Back to School for Kids with LD

From our partners at Understood.org, browse this rich library of tips, tools, checklists, and more. Join the Understood community and get alerts on upcoming expert chats, recent topic-based discussions, and new blog posts.
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Children's Books & Authors

The Book Whisperer: Our Interview with Donalyn Miller

Miller has an unconventional approach to motivating young readers -- no reading logs, drills, and worksheets. Instead, she says teachers should help students navigate the awesome world of children's literature and give them time to read books they pick out themselves.
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New Booklist! Back to School Stories

Calm first week jitters with a snugly read aloud or two. Here's some good advice: If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON'T! Browse these picture books about new friends, a joyful walk to school, Dad's First Day, and more.
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Books About Kids Who Find Reading Hard

For some kids, reading isn't easy. They might have dyslexia, a learning disability, or just learn differently. Because it helps to know you're not alone, we've gathered books that feature characters of different strengths and abilities.
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Ideas for Parents & Teachers

For Parents

9 Great Reasons to Visit Your Public Library

Libraries are great resources for families with young children; you can find books, entertainment, educational and cultural enrichment, literacy tips, and other valuable information.  (In English and Spanish)

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For Teachers

Featured Strategy: Blending/Segmenting Games

Children who can segment and blend sounds easily are able to use this knowledge when reading and spelling. Engaging activities like guess-the-word game, robot talk, and the segmentation cheer provide kids lots of practice with word sounds.
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For Parents

Nonfiction Read Alouds

Nonfiction books give kids a chance to learn new concepts and vocabulary, as well as broaden their view of the world. Learn how to take a "book walk" with a new nonfiction book and model active reading. (In English and Spanish)

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For Teachers

The Literacy Benefits of Independent Reading

Find out why literacy expert Tim Shanahan thinks that teachers should focus on instruction rather  than free reading time to boost reading achievement.

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For Parents

Build It!

Children are makers and builders – and naturally interested in how the things around them are imagined and constructed. Explore the shapes in buildings or how a city changes through the centuries, take an armchair tour of some the world's most famous architectural landmarks, and much more with our collection of books, hands-on activities, apps and kid-friendly websites.

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For Teachers

Portraits of Struggling

Not all reading difficulties look the same. Meet four children who are struggling with different aspects of learning to become strong, confident readers. (From our First Year Teacher self-study course).
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Research & News

Academy of American Poets Debuts "Teach This Poem"
School Library Journal | August 26, 2015

Bedtime Stories for Young Brains
The New York Times | August 17, 2015

Study of Brain Scans May Show Impact of Poverty on Academic Achievement
Ed Source | August 7, 2015

Storytelling Skills in Black Children Tied to Early Literacy, Study Says
Education Week | August 5, 2015

"I'm wondering what to read next."

– Matilda, Roald Dahl

Find lots and lots of book recommendations in our Themed Booklist library.


About Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a national educational service of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital. The goal of the project is to provide information on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Learn about easy ways you can link to us to let others know about the many free resources available from Reading Rockets.

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