Z is for the Reading ZONE

When your child gains the skills and the stamina to read page after page for long periods of time, something magical just might happen.  Your child might fall into the READING ZONE.  The reading zone is that special place where a child feels like he is walking in the shoes of a character in the story or when he feels … Read More

NoraGZ is for the Reading ZONE

Y is for YOU can do it!

Becoming a reader begins with believing – YOU CAN DO IT!  Reading is like most things…the more time you put into it, the better you will be.  I tell my students that reading is like a sport for your brain.  In the same way that we devote hours and hours to practicing an extra-curricular activity (including sports, dancing or musical … Read More

NoraGY is for YOU can do it!

T is TALKING about BOOKS

When we talk to our children about books, we are sending the message that reading is important!  Books can stir up strong emotions and they can lead us to make connections with ourselves, other texts or the world.  By creating a buzz about books and by allowing time for thoughts, questions and conversations to unfold, we are showing our children … Read More

NoraGT is TALKING about BOOKS

X is for Excitement

Let me begin by saying that I know full well that “excitement” does not begin with the letter X.  Furthermore, I snicker to myself every time I get to the “X page” in an alphabet book, as authors take such creative liberties to depict “X” in every possible theme/genre.  Yet, here I am, taking the very same leap – hoping … Read More

NoraGX is for Excitement

W is for WORDS

Understanding the meaning of “words” (also known as vocabulary for readers) provides a foundation for readers at every stage to strengthen their comprehension and broaden their language skills and oral communication. As parents and teachers we can help children learn new words by reading to them from birth and talking to them at every age. It is also important to … Read More

NoraGW is for WORDS

V is for Vowels

Learning and understanding vowel sounds can be a liberating slice of knowledge for beginning readers. True story: The reason I began writing the Now I’m Reading series was because I felt there was a void in the marketplace. There were no beginning reading books that focused on only ONE vowel sound at a time. And that is what my students … Read More

NoraGV is for Vowels

U is for Understanding

Monitoring for understanding is vital for parents and teachers with beginning and developing readers. Monitoring for understanding requires that we make frequent check-ins on a child’s comprehension. Through questioning, retelling, or purely conversation we can convey the importance of understanding what we read and we can determine whether or not our child or student is comprehending text.  As children grow … Read More

NoraGU is for Understanding

S is for Storytelling

Think about it…we are eager to give stories to our children to read, but how often do we tell them a story?  Stories create a sense of wonder and amazement.  They allow children to visualize the events and characters in their mind’s eye.  Oral story telling also gives children rich models for the components that make up a captivating story, … Read More

NoraGS is for Storytelling

R is for Read, Read, Read

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Simply put, the best way to become a stronger, better reader is to READ! This display, depicting the TEN BEST WAYS TO BECOME A BETTER READER is something I created for my classroom and it really hits home for kids and parents. The only way we can expect our kids to grow and develop as readers who think about stories … Read More

NoraGR is for Read, Read, Read

Q is for asking QUESTIONS as a reader

Good readers are constantly asking themselves questions before, during and after reading. Asking questions helps readers interact with the text and digest new information so that they understand what they are reading. Proficient readers not only engage in decoding with fluency, but they embark on a quest for knowledge and comprehension. This active inquiry grows as readers ask questions and … Read More

NoraGQ is for asking QUESTIONS as a reader