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Welcome to the Reading Corner!

As the Northwestern Elementary Reading Recovery and Title 1 Reading teachers, we want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about engaging your child in reading and writing. On this page, we hope to offer helpful tips, strategies, and suggestions to make reading at home with your child one of your favorite activities!
Meet the Reading Recovery and Title 1 Teachers
Mrs. Diana Buffenbarger has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education with a validation in Early Childhood of the Handicapped from Bowling Green State University and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Wright State University. She is a trained Reading Recovery teacher.
Mrs. Trish Schultz has a B.S in Early Childhood Education and K-12 Reading Endorsement from Miami University. She has a M.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton and is a trained Reading Recovery teacher.

What is Reading Recovery?

Developed by New Zealand educator Dr. Marie M. Clay, Reading Recovery® is a short-term intervention for children who have the lowest achievement in literacy learning in the first grade. Children meet individually with a specially trained teacher for 30 minutes each day for an average of 12-20 weeks. The goal is for children to develop effective reading and writing strategies in order to work within an average range of classroom performance. For more information about Reading Recovery, click here
5 Things Your Child Can Do With a Set of Magnetic Letters
  1. Make his/her name and the names of family members, friends, and pets.
  2. Make words he knows, such as the high frequency words from school or words commonly seen in books including: the, it, and, see, go, etc.
  3. Sort letters by their features: letters with circles and sticks, uppercase and lowercase letters, letters with tails, etc.
  4. Turn a known word into a new word. For example, if you child can make the word “can”, show her how to make “ran” and “fan” by changing the first letter.
  5. Make a known word, such as “can”. Mix it up. Make it again faster. Try to see how quickly he can make the word from memory.
Read Along!
Why read books to your child at home?
  • It is Fun!
  • Develops and improves listening and reading skills
  • Fosters positive attitudes towards books
  • Broadens interests and tastes
  • Excercises imagination
  • Builds background knowledge
  • Develops reading maturity
  • promotes reading independence 
  • Develops lifelong readers!
Here is a list of some good read aloud books that your child has probably heard recently in school. Your local library may have copies of many of these for you to borrow if you would like to “Read Along” with your child at home!
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle 
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. 
  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson 
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman 
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood 
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn 
  • If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff 
  • David Goes to School by David Shannon 
  • How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen 
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems 
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