Welcome Swans!

If you have any questions or concerns about reading and writing during this pandemic, please feel free to contact me via email at harrisma@pwcs.edu.  I would be more than happy to virtually assist you in any way possible! My official office hours are Wednesdays from 10am-11am.  However, I am available to help you at any time so please do not hesitate to contact.

Happy Reading and Writing! 


Weekly Menu for Continued Learning April 14- May 11-2.pdf

Weekly Menu for Continued Learning May 18- June 15

Prompts and Questions to Ask Your Child to Support Them Through Reading and Writing:
Prompts .pdf

At home, you can help by talking, listening, writing, and reading to and with your children every day and by showing them that you use and enjoy reading in your lives.  Below is a list of tips from Reading Recovery that can help propel your children to become readers and writers.

  • Read to your child every day. Share as many books together as you can.
  • Sometimes take turns reading parts of a favorite story.
  • If your child gets stuck on a word he could sound out, run your finger across the word to help him look at every letter in sequence and build the word from the sounds. Then ask, “would (that word) make sense?”
  • Talk about the pictures and details that catch your child’s interest. This will help with understanding the story and learning what new words mean.
  • Run your finger from left to right under the words as you read together. This allows your child to see the sequence of letters across the words at the same time he hears them.
  • If your child can’t read a word, avoid making a fuss. Either say the word yourself or encourage your child to think about what it might say. Draw attention to the letters of the word and the meaning of the story. For beginning readers, it’s more important that your child enjoys sharing stories and working things out with you than getting every word right.
  • Play alphabet and sound game such as I Spy. Children learn a lot about words, letters, and sounds through these simple games.
  • Write notes or messages to your child — it’s a great way to get children to focus on written messages and to learn about words. 

Writing with your child 

Writing with your child is just as important as reading. It allows your child to create messages, to explore the sounds in our language, how to write them, and to learn sentence structures. You can make opportunities for writing at home.  Have your children write stories daily.  Keep in mind for children in grades K-1, a story may only be one sentence.  If your child does not like to write, please help them!  Share the pen!  Keep in mind, their oral language (talking) may be more advanced than their ability to write.  This is when it is helpful to share the pen with your children and help them write their story.  If there are "sight words" that they automatically know, then hold them accountable for writing those words in full.  However, for more challenging words, you may have your child write only the beginning and ending sounds, while you write the medial part of the word.  That is perfectly acceptable!  We never want our children to become frustrated and lose confidence within themselves.  After the stories have been written, encourage the children to practice reading their own stories.  This will give them a chance to be a successful reader because it is their own story!  Most importantly, have fun!   We want to instill the love of reading and writing in every child.

Extension Activity After Writing:Extension Cut Up Story.docx


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
~Nelson Mandela~

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Hello! My name is Ms. Harris and I am the Reading Specialist and Reading Recovery Teacher in training at Swans Creek Elementary School.  My focus is to collaborate and support teachers in the classroom with reading and writing instruction.  I will also provide intensive intervention (Reading Recovery) to selected first grade students who are having difficulties in reading and writing.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at harrisma@pwcs.edu.  Make sure to check out my Useful Links page for more information on how to help your child become a reader and writer.  Happy Reading!