The mission of the language arts program of the Howard-Suamico School District is to help students develop and become proficient as communicators who can read, write, speak, listen, view, and create.
All learners will become reflective, articulate, literate individuals who use language successfully for learning and communicating in personal and public contexts.
Proficiency in literacy is critical to successful learning in school and in life.
The school district assumes primary responsibility for development of literacy throughout students’ educational careers.
Schools must foster and promote literacy development through the most current and effective instructional practices.
Continuity in literacy instruction appropriate to student strengths and needs must be maintained throughout the grades and all curricular areas.
Identification and appropriate intervention is critical for student literacy development.
Teachers and administrators must be knowledgeable about and supportive of literacy programs.
Families and communities play an integral role as key partners in literacy development.
Supporting Your Child's Reading Development
Raising a Reader: The National Education Association's Tips for Parents
Start early. Read books with your child every day - even babies. And remember, kids love rhyme and repetition.
Talk with your child a lot. There's no better way to teach new words and ideas.
Teach about the printed word when you are reading. Move your finger from word to word. Point out that sentences start on the left and go to the right. Show children the period at the end of sentences.
Teach comprehension skills. When you read, talk about what's happening. As children get older, ask them to predict what is going to happen next. At the end, ask them if they liked the story, and why.
Surround your child with things to read. Have books, magazines and writing materials in your home. Use alphabet magnets to create words. Let children see that reading is an important part of your life, too.
Parental Involvement Is the Answer
Study after study has shown that parental involvement is the number-one determinant of how well all children -- regardless of their background -- do in school.
Ways to Help your Child with Reading Home
Setting the Atmosphere:
Help your child find a quiet, comfortable place to read.
Read aloud to your child. Reread favorite stories.
Read with your child.
Discuss the stories you read together.
Recognize the value of silent reading.
Keep reading time enjoyable and relaxed.
Responding to Miscues in Reading:
To produce independent readers who monitor and correct themselves as they read, the following prompts are recommended before saying, sound it out. Give your child wait time of 5 to 10 seconds. See what he attempts to do to help himself.
"What would make sense there?"
"What do you think that word could be?"
"Use the picture to help you figure out what it could be."
"Go back to the beginning and try that again."
"Skip over it and read to the end of the sentence. Now what do you think it is?"
"Put in a word that would make sense there."
"You read the word before on another page. See if you can find it."
"Look at how that word begins. Start it out and keep reading."
Tell your child the word.
Content Area Reading Strategies