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Welcome to Learning

Coach University!
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Welcome to MGLVA!

Today’s Focus:
• Literacy Routines: Sight words, phonics,
word wall, fluency, Words Their
Way/spelling, writing, vocabulary,
• Communicate With Your Teacher!
Reading Circle
• Story: Parts of a book (spine, author,
illustrator, table of contents, etc.).
• Students may re-read for fluency, to find details
missed the first time, etc. Add to word wall.
• Who, what, where, when, why, how questions.
Recall what was read before; make predictions.
• These are not just cute: they build
important foundational skills to
support comprehension.
Daily/Weekly Routine
• Word Wall. This is an important tool for students to apply their
phonics knowledge. If you don’t have space for a wall, then use
a notebook! Students write the words themselves in this
• Word Find. Challenge students to find words or word parts in
their reading. They can look in magazines, textbooks, etc. If
you can, provide literature that they can highlight the words
they find; if not, they can write it down on their whiteboards.
• Words Their Way (WTW) Sorts: These are designed to let
students move words to sort them in varying ways.
What are Sight Words?
• What are sight words?
• Sight words are words,
like come, does, or who, that don’t follow
the rules of spelling. These words have to be
memorized because decoding them is really
difficult. Students are taught to memorize sight
words as a whole, by sight, so that they can
recognize them immediately (within three
seconds) and read them without having to use
decoding skills.
Sight Word Activities: Examples
Sight Word Activities: Examples

word pyramid

color by sight word


• Children who are not fluent sound choppy and awkward.

• Those students may have difficulty with decoding skills or they may
just need more practice with speed and smoothness in reading.
• Fluency is also important for motivation; children who find reading
laborious tend not to want read!
• As readers head into upper elementary grades, fluency becomes
increasingly important. The volume of reading required in the upper
elementary years escalates dramatically.
• Students whose reading is slow or labored will have trouble
understanding and remembering what they read.
• Vocabulary refers to the words we must understand to
communicate effectively.
• Listening- Listening vocabulary refers to the words we need
to know to understand what we hear.
• Speaking- Speaking vocabulary consists of the words we
use when we speak.
• Reading- Reading vocabulary refers to the words we need
to know to understand what we read.
• Writing- Writing vocabulary consists of the words we use in
• A child's writing development parallels their
development as a reader.
• Print awareness develops in young children as a result
of being read to by adults and having other literacy
experiences. Part of print awareness is the realization
that writing is created with instruments such as pens,
pencils, crayons, and markers.
• Children begin to imitate the writing that they see in
the environment. What often starts as scribbling ends
up being important clues to a child’s understanding
that print carries meaning.
What does YOUR
child need?

• Daily practice reading, re-

reading, playing with
words, completing OLS
• Class connect attendance • We are here to help you! We will
• Supplement with online/ conference with you after skills
hands-on games checks to share what we have
identified as your student’s
strengths and areas to improve.
What have YOU noticed?
Where can I get
awesome ideas?
•Teachers Pay Teachers: You can create an account. I
get weekly emails with the top sellers, and ads for
freebies. So many resources are print-and-go!
•Pinterest: This has an easy search engine and you can
see pictures of finished products. It also has links to
blogs of other home-schoolers which are great resources
by themselves.
Tip: Save time and encourage your student to
take ownership of learning by having THEM
do the cutting/printing/coloring of any
resources you find!
Communicate, Communicate,
• You are NOT alone! It’s easy to feel like an island in this
virtual world. You’re NOT! There are so many experienced LCs
who are happy to share their best practices. All you have to do is
• You are on the front lines. Teachers are here to support you
as much as your student; it takes a village! However, we can’t
provide assistance if we don’t know your specific challenges. We
are only a phone call or email away so don’t wait – REACH OUT!
• Early intervention is key. Don’t wait until you’re ready to
withdraw; call/email at the first sign of frustration. It’s much
easier to start strong than catch up. We have ALL been new!
Today’s Take-Aways:

Determine your child’s reading needs and incorporate

strategies to improve them in your DAILY routine!

Enjoy the love of learning with your student.

Recommended tools: whiteboard, dry erase markers,

crayons, colored pencils, markers