Deborah Fortner Literacy Interventionist Page

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Deborah Fortner


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I am the Literacy Interventionist at Thomas Jefferson. I work with students in grades 3rd through 6th. For the past 37 years, I have been educating students. My philosophy is that "Every child can learn". I am looking forward to a great year.

Listed below you will find tips for reading to and with children in kindergarten through grade 3, also children in grades 4-6 from an article by the National Education Association .

Tips for Reading to and with Children in Kindergarten Through Grade 3

1. Keep reading to your child even when he can read. Read books that are too difficult or long for him to read alone.
2. Try reading books with chapters and talk about what is happening in the story. Encourage your child to make predictions about what will happen next and connect characters or events to those in other books or stories.
3. Talk with your child about favorite authors and help her find additional books by those authors.
4. Talk with your child about stories using the notions of the beginning, middle, and end of the story to organize thinking and discussion.
5. Introduce the pleasures of the public library. Let him browse. Get a library card for her. Let him choose books that he wants, rather than books you feel he should read. Buy books for children, too, as the basis for a home library of their own.
6. Set a good example as a reader -- read every day at home even if it is a magazine or newspaper.

Tips for Reading to and with Children in Grade 4-6

1. Take turns reading a book with your child.
2. Ask what part of the story or book your child liked best and why.
3. Ask your child what type of mood the story or chapter in a book creates. Ask how the author creates the mood. For example, does she use certain words, events or settings that create a particular feeling?
4. Provide your child with a reliable home dictionary and encyclopedia. Encourage children to look up subjects that puzzle or interest them. In school, reading lessons include library research.
5. If your child is not enthusiastic about reading, choose books on subjects sure to interest her or him: books on sports, books of riddles or magic tricks, books on hobbies. Be sure they are not too difficult for your child to read.
6. Set a good example as a reader -- read every day at home even if it is a magazine or newspaper.

"Make reading fun ---a time that you both look forward to spending together."