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We, the Falcon Ridge Community, believe all children can learn, and we will establish high standards of learning that we expect all students to achieve.

  1. All students can and will learn.
  2. Respect for diversity is critical.
  3. Together we are more

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Principals Message

Nine Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Read

1. Talk to your kids a lot, even to your babies and toddlers.
Reading is a language activity, and if you want to learn language, you need to hear it, so you can eventually speak it.

2. Read to your kids.
Reading a book or story to a child is a great, easy way to advance literacy skills. Audiobooks are also a great alternative to listening to books.

3. Have your kids tell you a “story.”
Have them recount an experience or make up a story. Write it down for them as it is being told, and then read it aloud. Point at the words when you read them, or point at them when your child is trying to read the story.

4. Teach phonemic awareness.
Young children don’t hear the sounds within words. To become readers, they have to learn to hear these sounds (or phonemes). Play language games with your child by breaking a word apart to emphasize the letter sounds.

5. Teach phonics (letter names and their sounds).
Teach letter sounds so that your child can write them. It is hard to write without knowing letter sounds. Keep lessons brief and fun, no more than 5-10 minutes for little ones.

6. Listen to your child read.
When your child starts bringing books home from school, have him/her read to you. If your child is making mistakes or has choppy reading, have him/her read it again. Or read it to your child and then have your child try to read it back to you. Studies show that this kind of repeated oral reading makes students better readers, even when it is done at home.

7. Promote writing.
Literacy involves reading and writing. Encourage your child to write. One way to do this is to write notes or short letters to your child and have them write back to you.

8. Ask questions.
When your child reads, get him/her to retell the story or information. Reading involves not just sounding out words, but thinking about and remembering ideas and events.

9. Make reading a regular activity in your home.
Make reading a part of your daily life and kids will learn to love it. Set aside some time when everyone turns off the TV and the web and does nothing but read. Make it fun too. After reading a book that has been made into a film, watch the movie together. The point is to make reading a regular enjoyable part of your family routine.

Happy reading,
Principal Peterson

 

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