I am really envious of my friends and colleagues who are organized. I am just not one of those people. I’ll confess my computer files are a mess. Files are saved on several different computers, in different folders and under a variety of file names. Well, conferences are coming up soon and I’m on a mission this morning to organize all my handouts and put them into one file on my hard drive and under file names that I can easily recognize. It was my goal to have a parent handout developed for each of the 5 Big Ideas of Reading Instruction–Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension–and to have them grade specific. Well, I’m not quite done yet. I have yet to develop the Vocabulary and Phonics handouts. I am hoping, though, that you find the ones that I have completed helpful.
Click the following link to download the Learning Sight Words parent handout Learning Sight Words
Click the following link to download the kindergarten phonemic awareness handout Phonemic Awareness Parent Handout- Kindergarten
Click the following link to download the first grade phonemic awareness handout Phonemic Awareness Parent Handout- First Grade
Click the following link to download the parent handout for oral reading fluency Oral Reading Fluency- Parent
Click the following link to download the parent handout for reading comprehension Reading Comprehension-Parent
While I was researching the information to create the parent handouts, I found that there was great information for teachers to have that I didn’t quite want to put into the parent handouts. So what I did was create teacher companion handouts. Again, I am still working on the Vocabulary and Phonics handouts, but hope you find the ones I’ve created useful.
As the school year ends, parents often ask for suggestions on how to help their child at home over the summer months. Last year I developed several parent handouts to address specific areas of reading. The Learning Sight Words handout provides suggestions for teaching and reinforcing sight words. This handout is most appropriate for kindergarten and first grade students.
Click the following link to download this free two page handout. Learning Sight Words
For first, second and third grade students, the Oral Reading Fluency handout may be helpful.
Click the following link to download this free two page parent handout. Oral Reading Fluency-Parent
Oh, Yeah! It’s DIBELS testing week. I absolutely love listening to those kiddos read and seeing the progress they’ve made since the beginning of the year. Okay, I’d admit, after the 5th day of testing, I nearly have the story of the “Cocoa Stand” memorized and I am a little giddy. I test over 200 students in a week, and typically first graders, so I can almost recite those oral reading passages verbatim.
Over the past few years we’ve developed numerous versions of our parent handout that we provide for parents following each benchmark period. It’s a little tricky coming up with a handout that explains the assessment and the results in a way that provides them with the information we feel that they need while trying to make it clear and consise. The following handouts were field tested in our schools and found to be helpful.
Click the following link to download your free DIBELS Next Kindergarten handout for parents Kindergaraten DIBELS Next
Click the following link to download your free DIBELS Next first grade parent handout. DIBELS Next- First Grade
Just as an FYI- If you are implementing a Response to Intervention model, documentation of parent communication is required. These handouts assist in that regard.
Click HERE to download free DIBELS Next handouts for Kindergarten through sixth grade.