I love reading and I love teaching reading to beginning readers. I work with small groups of students that are struggling to learn to read. Teachers refer them to me when they have not met success in the regular classroom. They know they cannot read as well as their friends. They usually want to learn really bad. Sometimes they just haven't had the exposure to books at home. They may have never been read to as a young child. They may not have access to books at home to practice like their peers. Sometimes there are other things going on and I need to figure out why they can't read.
One thing I know is that with the right excitement and motivation from the right teacher, all kids will learn to read.
And the right books and the right instruction is what it takes. By providing high-interest books at just the right level, in a very supportive environment, it happens.
Our school is located in an area with a diverse population of learners. Many of our students come from a low income family. For some, English is their second language.
As a literacy specialist, I love connecting students with great books. Books that will motivate them to keep reading after they leave my class. Authors that they will look for during their next trip to the library.
These Mercy Watson books are high-interest books with full-color illustrations on every page.
They are the perfect book for early readers who want to read chapter books but still need the supportive illustrations to go along with the text, bridging students from picture books into longer chapter books. These books will help engage my small groups with reading both in and our of school!
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