Reading Specialist


Reading Specialist language instruction is provided by Mrs. Laurena Sarver and Mr. Matthew Malone.

Kindergarten
Many students in Kindergarten are learning the proper sounds and names of letters. There are students who are beginning to read, or others who are reading on their own. The love of of reading and the joy of a good story is emphasized to these young students.
• Sessions are provided to kindergarten students once a week, for one hour, each session.
• Identification of students with delayed phonemic awareness (sounds and recognition of letters) is a primary focus.
• Advanced readers instruction consisting of challenging practice and enrichment.
• Class-wide reading enrichment activities
• Teacher consultation, parent conferences and guidance for students with special reading needs.

1st Grade
This is an exciting grade for young students as often children are able to read lists of words or short-leveled readers on their own. A reading assessment is given to all students at the start of the school year to ensure that those students who are struggling with sound recognition (of consonants) can be diagnosed in a timely fashion.
• Sessions are provided to 1st grade students four times a week, for 45 minutes per session.
• Small group instruction with groups of varied-level readers together.
• Advanced readers are given more challenging practice and enrichment.
• Teacher consultation, parent conferences and guidance for students with special reading needs.
• Weekly or monthly reading assessments as well as reviewing student test scores.

2nd Grade
Second grade is traditionally an age where the majority of students learn to truly read. Conversely, It is also the time in a student’s development when a reading specialist enjoys the most success turning reluctant readers into enthusiastic readers!
• Sessions are provided to 2nd grade students four times a week.
• Instruction consists of small groups or individual student interaction.
• Teacher consultation, parent conferences and guidance for students with special reading needs.
• Administering weekly or monthly reading assessments as well as reviewing student test scores.

3rd Grade
Third grade Reading Specialist instruction prepares students for the more vigorous reading skills taught in fourth grade. A majority of third grade students are in the process of becoming individual readers.
• Small groups and individual instruction becomes smaller, individualized and select.
• A “co-teaching” approach is provided with the Third grade teacher. During class time, students with specific needs or those who require specific skill instruction are invited to work with the Reading Specialist individually at the classroom’s private reading area.