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    Reading Intervention Update 

    5/8/20

     

     

    Good morning parents,

     

    This morning I really wanted to encourage you to click on one of the links below which will take you directly to a Virtual Lesson from Reading Horizons. I have been so impressed with what these have to offer students. 

    The best way to get the most learning from these is to first watch the Virtual Lesson, then have your student go back and do the online lesson about the same content. The student packets that are available can be used as additional work, reinforcement, or just a change of pace.

     

    Here are a few Virtual Lessons to preview:

     

    (Kinder) Letter M and  CVC Blending

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7ClSdb0y_8&feature=youtu.be&disable_polymer=true

     

    (1st grade) R Blends Part 2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ExoD7QB_WU&t=300s

     

    (2nd grade) The Many Jobs of Y Part 1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikkGd3f2BK8&t=1564s

     

    (2nd grade) Multisyllabic Words Part 2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym2npM5o3bg



    After seeing what these have to offer I’m sure you will see that they are full of fantastic information for your child. You can access all the videos and student packets below:

     

    Kindergarten:

    https://www.readinghorizons.com/reading-curriculum/covid-19-virtual-classroom-support/virtual-lessons/student-packets/kindergarten

     

    First Grade:

    https://www.readinghorizons.com/reading-curriculum/covid-19-virtual-classroom-support/virtual-lessons/student-packets/first-grade

     

    Second Grade:

    https://www.readinghorizons.com/reading-curriculum/covid-19-virtual-classroom-support/virtual-lessons/student-packets/second-grade

     

    I hope you enjoy watching these with your child. As always, let me know if you need anything from me. I hope all is well with you and your family.

     

    Best, Mrs. Weist

    Reading Intervention Update 

    4/24/20

     

    Hello Parents and welcome back from Spring Break!

     

    Well, it wasn’t our typical Spring Break, but it was a bit of time off nonetheless. Now we are all rested and ready to hit the ground running! Right?

     

    Anyway, over break Reading Horizons was busy making student packets of work that correspond to the lessons students are currently at online and they have also linked them to their live virtual lessons so that everything is in one place. Can I get an amen to that? 

     

    Follow this link:

     

    https://www.readinghorizons.com/reading-curriculum/covid-19-virtual-classroom-support



    Click on Virtual Lessons & Student Packets View Lessons. Once in there, click on Student Packets. The grades will be listed, so scroll down and find your child’s grade and all the information will be there. If your child is in 2nd grade and wants some earlier virtual lessons, click on the 1st-grade link. They have more listed there.

     

    Really give the virtual lessons a try. They are great! You should start the virtual lessons in the same place that your child is at on the computer program. My suggestion is for your child to watch the virtual lesson first, with you next to them, so that they learn how to navigate and participate in this new format. You may need to help them with the first couple of virtual lessons, but then they can watch and participate independently with just a watchful eye on your part. After the virtual lesson is completed, then they can do the same lesson on the computer. Your child will be much more independent that way and the material will more likely stick this way.

     

    As always, let me know how I can help. My instructional assistants Mrs. Fisher (afisher@carmelunified.org) and Mrs. Milling (bmilling@carmelunified.org)  are available for Zoom meetings, phone calls, or emails as well. Feel free to reach out to them too.

     

    Until next Friday,

     

    Mrs. Weist


    Kindergarten Intervention Update

    4/10/20

    Good morning families!

    Now that we have our plan in place for the rest of the year, I want to shift my message this week a bit. I want to focus more on helping you as parents learn more about teaching reading, so that you, in turn, can grow the reading brain of your child. 

    Reading Horizons has created videos that explain their program and their special marking system. The videos are brief, most lasting less than a minute to watch, but they will give you a great overview of the entire program!

    You can find the videos here:

     

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLj8iN2s1IyYGZ06f0Pg3VKzjr7s_NHcr1

     

    I highly encourage you to take the small amount of time it takes to watch these videos. 

    They are well worth it. 

    Enjoy! Have a great Spring Break next week!

    Cathy


    Kindergarten Intervention Update- Year End Plan  

    4/3/20

    Dear Families,

    I hope this finds you in good spirits despite the news that school will be out for the rest of the year. It is hard to believe that two weeks, which in itself was hard to accept, turned into this. I just keep remembering it is to keep us all safe and we will all come out of this stronger in the end.

    With that being said, I need to think about how I can support you at home with the work that needs to be done with your children. It’s a tough balance between giving too much work, too little and just the right amount. I will give it my best shot and we can adjust as needed as time goes on. I also do not have access to the school over the next two months so what will be provided will be online lessons, videos, articles, links, etc. I will try not to overwhelm you, but to give you enough work and information that will move your child forward. I also know that you have additional work coming from your child’s primary teacher and that needs to be taken into consideration as well. Just keep in mind that we are all, teachers and parents included, doing the best we can and that has to be enough right now. I try to remind myself of this daily and I know that you probably are trying to do the same.

    We have eight more weeks of school left. So here is the basic plan from here on out:

     

    1. Each week I will email you a letter on Friday to check-in and give you additional ideas. Please feel free to contact me for any reason. The kids can write to me as well! I am here for you! 

     

    1. Login and watch Mrs. Campbell daily doing her letter chants. I know it seems repetitive to us, but that's exactly the point. This stuff has to be overlearned to the point of absolute automaticity! You can also have your students watch her doing the sight words as well!

    Letter Sound Practice with Mrs. Campbell

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X566rteeDiE&feature=youtu.be

     

    Sight Word Practice with Mrs. Campbell, part 1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIvq2OBTOWk&feature=youtu.be

     

    Sight Word Practice with Mrs. Campbell, part 2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1uojP1j2rI&feature=youtu.be

     

    Sight Word Practice with Mrs. Campbell, part 3

    https://youtu.be/f40SGtRn2us

     

    1. Continue to work on the Reading With Weist Decoding Edition phonics worksheets. Keep working your way through the packet. If you end up needing more words or stories, please email me and I will send you the next set.

     

    1. Keep logging onto Reading Horizons each day for 20 minutes or so. This will complement the work you are doing with the phonics packet above. If you haven’t gotten onto Reading Horizons yet, please do. It is a fantastic reading program that I use with my first and second-grade intervention students. We have seen tremendous growth using this program. Your kids are lucky to be getting an early shot at such a powerful system! It's fun too and something they can do on their own! Now doesn’t that sound nice??

     

    1. As always, read aloud to your children to build a love of reading and to develop vocabulary and a sense of story. Remember to ask questions, especially inferential questions where it causes your child to think. It is amazing how much this part helps grow their ability to comprehend text and to really enjoy what they are reading!

     

    Always know that I am just one email away and I am here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out. As they say, we are all in this together. Please send my love to your children. I miss them so much!!

     

    All my best, 

     

    Mrs. Weist


    March 27, 2020 Update

    Reading Intervention for Kindergarten                                                  

     

    Happy Friday Everyone!!

     

    I hope you are all doing well and are falling into a good routine. I miss getting up and coming to school, but I am slowly getting used to my new life at home. I hope that you are too!

    Mrs. Campbell’s letter-sound videos are getting so many hits!  Lots of your kids are watching her every day, getting tons of review and practice with letter sounds. Keep up that routine.  Over learning, letter sounds to the point of automaticity is so very important! 

    A few students have logged into Reading Horizons and have begun learning online. If you haven’t started, I highly encourage you to do so. Please follow the directions below to log on.  Once your child is logged on, the program is very easy to follow.

    To access Reading Horizons, go to Classlink as the directions that came home on the front of your bag explained, and you will see an icon that is called Reading Horizons Discovery (Not Elevate.) Click on it and the username will be your child’s first initial and last name. For example, I would be cweist. If you have two last names, it would use both last names with the first initial of their first name. 

    Try to have your child log on three to five times a week for 20 minutes at a time. Of course the more the better. Open game time and the prize store in the program will be open Friday through Sunday to encourage weekend use. 

    If you have any trouble logging on, do not hesitate to email me. I will get right back to you.

    I hope that you are continuing to read the phonics words and stories as well.  Doing a little bit each day is much more effective than doing a lot on one day. Often I tell my students it’s like brushing your teeth. You need to brush your teeth every day, not wait until Saturday and then do it for two hours. Your teeth would rot out of your head that way. The two hours on the weekend cannot make up for the small amount of time you need to take each day to be effective. When you think of it in this way, the value of daily practice becomes clear.

    That’s all for this week.  I will update you again next Friday.

    As usual, if you have any questions, please email me at cweist@carmelunified.org and I will get right back to you.

    Take care and tell your child I miss them!!

    Mrs. Weist


    March 20, 2020 Update

    Reading Intervention for Kindergarten                                                  

     

    Happy Friday and hello Springtime!

     

    I hope you are all doing well at home with your children, and getting used to teaching!  

     

    Hopefully, everyone has started watching Mrs. Campbell’s letter-sound videos and you have begun to practice reading two-letter words. Remember that spelling the words after reading them is a great way to reinforce sounds and to help students to remember the words they read. 

     

    We just recently got access to a great online reading program that I currently use in Intervention with my first and second-grade students. It also has a program that begins in kindergarten. I think this is a great opportunity for us and I think we should take advantage of it. Therefore, I signed up all of our kindergarten Intervention students into the program.

     

    To access it, go to Classlink as the directions that came home on the front of your bag explained, and you will see an icon that is called Reading Horizons Discovery (Not Elevate.) Click on it and the username will be your child’s first initial and last name. For example, I would be cweist. If you have two last names, it would use both last names with the first initial of their first name. Once you're in, it’s easy to follow the directions and go from there.

     

    Try to have your child log on three to five times a week for 20 minutes at a time. Of course the more the better. Open game time and the prize store in the program will be open Friday through Sunday to encourage weekend use. The link below is an overview of the Reading Horizons Program and the unique marking system that it uses throughout the entire program. As a kindergartner, they will only begin progressing into the program, but it is nice to have it in one place and to be able to reference it if your child asks a question.

     

    https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/Family%20Literacy%20Night%20handout%281%29.pdf?token=AWxELdbXTVYN8lPUngNfzlH4KvN82hvqigqbpX-lZst-jqls6E_NnSDkauCaHr6QKwSBDTNwnV4oD9nX41tWo_1GAVx4hzqwv_1TOosErJ9Ps_ie0uVW78XWlOiq4lBk73IkZkDeMRh6FOgMv3mVPlE1TpaKu1maApBy8e3HaeuiZQ

     

    In addition to the phonics homework, practicing sight words is also important. I am linking some great animation teaching videos and student practice activities that will absolutely help make this task so much easier.  I highly encourage you to check them out below.

     

    https://www.reallygreatreading.com/heart-word-magic

     

    That’s all for this week.  I will update you again next Friday.

     

    As usual, if you have any questions, please email me at cweist@carmelunified.org and I will get right back to you.

     

    Take care and say hi to your child for me!

    Mrs. Weist


    March 16, 2020

    Intervention School Work for _________________________________

     

    Grade: Kindergarten         Teacher_____________________________

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    This is a challenging time for everyone involved, so the best way to handle things is to stay positive and do the best we can.  With that in mind, I have put together a Mini Decoding Bootcamp for your Kindergartner! Below you will find the daily steps to follow and all the necessary materials needed to accomplish this awesome task! Start at the beginning, and everyday complete steps one and two.  Progress through step three as your child is ready.

     

    If you have questions, email me at cweist@carmelunified.org

     

    Have fun! 

    Mrs. Weist

    Reading With Weist

    The At Home Decoding Edition!!

     

    1. DAILYFollow this link:  https://youtu.be/X566rteeDiE to see Mrs. Campbell sing the letter chants.  This is a fantastic review! To really, really know your letters and sounds you have to almost “overlearn” them. That means that they are learned so well that they are absolutely automatic with no hesitation.
    2. DAILYReview the short vowel sounds: /a/ /e/ /i/ /o/ and /u/.
    3. Then progress through the next steps as your child feels comfortable. Some children will go quickly and others might work a couple of weeks at each step.
    • Teach your child to sound out 2 letter words (See instructions)
    • Once your child can read 2 letter words, move on to reading “A” CVC words (see instructions).
    • After the “A” CVC words can be read with ease, introduce the basic high-frequency words.
    • Now, your child is ready to start reading the “A” Stories.

    Do Letter Chants DAILY! Review Vowels DAILY! Then in addition... Follow this progression with your child. Move to the next level when you feel your child is ready.

     

    Two Letter Words 

    (See Two Letter Word List)

    First, teach your child the two-letter words that are pronounced how they are spelled. (it, at, am, an, us, up, in, on, and if) Some children will pick it up very fast, some will need a few weeks. When teaching these words, break down the 2 sounds so your child understands that we are taking the 2 sounds we have learned and putting them together to come up with the words. It is fun to watch the students' faces as they read the words by sounding out. You can see a light bulb go off. Your goal at first is not for your child to memorize the words. You want them to be sounding out the words, otherwise known as decoding the words. After they can decode, then they can memorize them for fluency. 

     

    The steps to teaching the students to decode 2 letter words 

    • Simply write the words on a whiteboard or paper. 
    • Point to each letter and sound out the sounds. Then say the word as one sound: /a/ /t/ at, /a/ /t/ at, /a/ /t/ at. 
    • Ask your child to say the two sounds and blend them into a word. Then have them repeat the whole word 5x with their finger gliding under the word each time. I find the repetition of 5x each works very well for students. 
    • After working on reading, hand them a whiteboard and dictate each word, one at a time to them for spelling. For each word your child will put up their fist and tell you the sounds they hear while lifting a finger for each sound in the word BEFORE they write it. As they write the word, it is also very helpful for them to say each sound as they are writing it.  This solidifies the sound to symbol correspondence. 

    Continue to work on these words until your child has learned all of them. Remember some students will take a couple of days to learn these words and others will take several weeks. 



    CVC Words

    (See CVC Word List)

    After spending time on the Two Letter Words, start introducing the CVC words. For the CVC words, you will start with only one vowel to make this step a bit easier. Many of the students do not know all the sounds and letters perfectly yet, but we still want to move forward with how to decode and sound out words. We will start with the letter “A” words. The first list has rhyming words such as hat, cat, bat, sat, mat, pat, rat, and vat. Spend time, probably a week, sounding out the words and pulling apart the sounds and letters that spell the words as a result of decoding NOT memorizing. The next week work on the new set of words such as cap, gap, lap, map, nap, rap, sap, zap and tap. The following weeks, work with words ending in – ad, -an, -ag, -am, -ab and –ax. Remember you are NOT teaching your child to memorize the words. It’s the skill of decoding that will enable your child to break down and read other words later on.

     

    Directions for Reading CVC Words

    1. Words are to be read by the column going top to bottom at first. 
    2. The reader is to sound out each letter such as /b//a//t/. Then say “bat”. 
    3. Then your child should repeat the word 5 times with their finger gliding underneath the word each time, reading it without sounding out, before moving on to the next word. 
    4. After working on reading, hand them a whiteboard and dictate each word, one at a time to them for spelling. For each word your child will put up their fist and tell you the sounds they hear while lifting a finger for each sound in the word BEFORE they write it. As they write the word, it is also very helpful for them to say each sound as they are writing it. This solidifies the sound to symbol correspondence. 
    5. Once the reader has mastered reading the words going down, the words in each column need to be read out of order. This can be done by making flash cards or randomly pointing to words in the column. 
    6. After this has been mastered, all of the words in each column need to be mixed up and then read by the reader. 



    If the above method of decoding is difficult for your child then try the following with each of the words on the list: 

    • 1. Have students repeat the sounds /b/ /a/ /t/. Then go back and say /bat/. Now exaggerate the sounds as they are blended together. 
    • 2. Have students repeat the /at/ part together first and then sound it out /b/ /at/. Then go back and say /bat/. Now exaggerate the sounds as they are blended together. 
    • 3. Have students put the /ba/ part together first then /t/. Then sound out /ba/ /t/. Then go back and say /bat/. Now exaggerate the sounds as they are blended together.

     

    Basic Sight Words

    (See Basic Sight Word List)

    Once the student is comfortable reading the “A” word lists, teach a few basic high-frequency words.  These words are very common and often have odd spellings. I usually teach these words by saying the word three times and then spelling it. (the, the, the, t-h-e) Then have your child repeat after you.




    CVC Reading Stories

    (See “A” CVC Story Packet)

    Now the student is ready to begin reading the “A”  CVC Reading Stories Pack. If your child is good at sounding out words, the stories will be read quickly.  If it seems difficult, spend more time on reading CVC words in isolation as well as reading the stories. 

     

    Next CVC Packet

    Since we do not know how long school will be closed, if you feel your child is ready for the next vowel word list and story packet, email me at cweist@carmelunified.org and I will send you the next set via email. 

     

    Good luck and stay healthy!!  

     

    Mrs. Weist