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Keys to Growing Successful Readers!

Read together with your child on a regular basis!

Make reading together with your child enjoyable.

Think about your child's interests, experiences, and reading level when selecting books to read together.

Have natural, relaxed conversations about the book. 

*Before and during reading encourage your child to make predictions about what might happen as the stroy develops. 

*After reading talk with your child about the story by asking, "Were there surprises?"  "What did you like best about the story or characters?"  "Did the story make you think about any otherstory or of things that have happened to you?"

Encourage your child as he reads with specific praise for: 

*using pictures, using letter sounds, noticing mistakes, rereading, fixing mistakes, reading for meaning, and reading with expression.

Read, read, read!

Reading Recovery

DuPont is proud to have three trained Reading Recovery teachers.  Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-on-one tutoring for low-achieving first grade students.  Reading Recovery was developed by New Zealand educator and researcher Dr. Marie M. Clay.  Since 1984 more than one million first graders in the United States have been helped by Reading Recovery.
Visit this website to learn more about Reading Recovery in North America.

The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) is a state provided screening tool for Virginia's Early Intervention Reading Initiative.

PALS-K and PALS 1-3 are the two screening instruments used at DuPont.  PALS is used to measure our students' knowledge of important literacy fundamentals, including phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, knowldege of letter sounds, spelling concept of word, word recognition in isolation, and oral passage reading.

PALS is used at DuPont to identify those students who are below grade-level expectations in the areas listed above and may be in need of additional reading instruction.  PALS is also used as a diagnostic tool to provide teachers with explicit information about their students' knowldege of literacy fundamentals to help guide their planning and teaching in the classroom.  Click here to go directly to the PALS website.