Welcome to the Iditarod Reading Program
Welcome to the Iditarod Reading Program web site.
Wow, it seems that the school year just started. Now we are nearing the end of October and the sun is no longer warm.
Here in the Iditarod Reading Program, we serve children who still need extra help to reach their grade level's reading"Benchmark" scores.
The reading goals we use at Washington Elementary are determined by both the State of Washington as well as our National Government. The children are always aware of where they should be reading to be a "Benchmark" reader.
This year we are working on the children not only meeting their Benchmark fluency goals but being accurate in their reading as well. Even though a child may be able to read fluently we are also asking them this year to read accurately with at least 98% or better on every reading passage they encounter.
Just like the Iditarod Race in Alaska, it is our job to discover what part of the reading "trail" the children are having difficulty with so that we can address them and help the student get back on the trail and reach their "race" goal.
The student's instruction in Iditarod concentrates on all five of the components of reading; phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. Extra practice at home every night reading helps your child practice the skills they have been taught, and be ready for more challenging materials.
This year in the Iditarod Reading Program we are using a new intervention called Phonics Boost and Phonics Blitz. These nationally used programs have show remarkable growth in a child's reading and comprehension skills. So far the children who are receiving this new program are loving it and I am thrilled at how much more involved the children are in their learning.
|Letter Naming Fluency Power Point|
By clicking this link you can practice the letter names out of order. The timing is pretty quick, but this is because your child will need to know 40 letter names in one minute
|Letter Naming Fluency #2|
Another power point for your child
|Letter Naming Fluency #3|
|Letter Naming Fluency #4|
|Letter Naming Fluency #5|
|Kindergarten Letter Name Practice|
With just 10 minutes a night your child will be ready for knowing their 40 letter names 35 letter sounds needed for our testing in June.
|Phoneme Segmentation Fluency Power Point|
Now that you and your child have practiced the words on this page. Let them try doing the slide show. Just click on the "Phoneme Segmentation Fluency" and the power point will start. Read the word to your child and have them "stretch" the word into sounds. The power point starts off with two sound words, moves to three and then four sound words. This is a vital skill your child should be able to do.
|Nonsense Word Fluency Power Point|
Here are some practice "make-believe" words for your child. Just click on the words "Nonsense Word Fluency" and a "make-believe" word will appear. Your child should be saying the sounds for each letter they see. Have fun!
|Power Point Using Short Phrases|
This power point is for readers - see how fast you can read the words before the next slide appears
|20 Minutes a Night|
Just 20 minutes a night can make all the difference in your child's reading ability
These are the loves of my life! There is nothing to compare to being a Nana.
Grant, is our eldest, doesn't he look awesome in his tie? Grant is now in Second Grade! Wow, time sure goes by quickly.
Colton is now four years old, and is in his second year at Montessori PreSchool. He loves soccer and his Auntie Heather a lot!
Brett and Kara are now 2 years old and something new happens every day. Brett loves to cuddle and play trucks by himself where Kara is more than content reading a book to her stuffed kitty Mabel.
Both my husband Craig and I plan on spending as much time as possible watching them grow, catch bugs, and read before a fire with hot chocolate. Life is so good, and we are so blessed.