M.Ed., Kutztown University, 1991
B.A., Psychology/Education, Albright College, 1984
Named "Outstanding Educator" by Who's Who in American Education
Co-Supervised the writing of 2007 National Grand Prize Winning
Nonfiction Book Growing: Farm, School, and Me!
Greetings from Reiffton:
As a Reading Specialist at the Reiffton School, I try to encourage all our students to become lifelong readers by instilling in them a love of reading. One of the most popular programs used to promote reading is the Silent Reading Club. This club was designed to give students a quiet place to read for pleasure during Eagle Block.
The Afternoon Reading Club is open to all students and meets on days 1,2,3,5,6 and 7 from 2:35 to 3:05 pm. Please encourage your son or daughter to sign up during Eagle Block. It is a great way for your child to get his or her independent reading time in during the school day!
Nothing encourages students like a little success. That is why we also offer Soar to Success Classes to our struggling readers during RtII time. Here, basic skills and success strategies are stressed in small, student-centered classes.
Parents, you also play an important role in turning your reluctant preteen into an enthusiastic reader. I hope you find the following suggestions from R.I.F.(Reading is Fundamental) helpful:
1. Scout for things that your children might like to read. Use their interests and hobbies as starting points.
2. Leave all sorts of reading material including books, magazines, and colorful catalogs in conspicuous places around your home.
3. Notice what attracts your children's attention, even if they only look at the pictures. Then build on that interest by bringing home more information on this subject.
4. Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time. This is especially important for fathers who are trying to motivate their sons.
5. Take your children to the library regularly. Ask the librarian to suggest books and magazines your children might enjoy.
6. Encourage older children to read to their younger siblings. Older children enjoy showing off their skills to an audience.
7. Set aside a regular time for reading in your family, independent of schoolwork, before lights out, just after dinner, or whatever fits into your household schedule. As little as 20 minutes of free reading a day can help improve your child's skills and habits.
8. On gift-giving occasions, give books and magazines based on your child's current interests.
9. Introduce the bookmark. Remind your youngsters that they do not have to finish a book in one sitting; they can stop after a few pages, or a chapter, and pick up where they left off at another time. Do not try to convince your children to finish a book that they do not like. Recommend putting the book aside and trying another.
10. Limit your children's TV viewing in an effort to make time for other activities, such as reading. Never use TV as a reward for reading, or a punishment for not reading.
" The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you'll go."