Miss Jill Powell
Reading Recovery and Extended Day E.L.I. (Early Literacy Initiative) Teacher
Hello!  My name is Jill Powell.  I will be teaching Reading Recovery (a first grade reading intervention program) and Extended Day E.L.I. (a Kindergarten Literacy Program) this year at Thomas Elementary.  This is my first year at Thomas Elementary.  However, this is my 15th year teaching Reading Recovery for the Dublin City Schools.  In addition, this is my 26th year in education.  Previously, I have taught first grade, second grade, and reading and math intervention in school districts throughout Ohio and Indiana.  I am a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.  I earned both my Master's degree in literacy and my Specialist's degree in literacy from Bowling Green State University.  I am looking forward to working with your children and watching them develop their reading and writing skills and strategies this year. 
This year in E.L.I., your child will be working on identifying letters by name, sound, and a word that starts with that letter.
Your child will be working on forming the letters of the alphabet.  Also, your child will be working on spelling his or her name with one upper case letter and the rest lower case letters.
Your child will be developing rhyming skills.  A great way to practice rhyming at home is to read or sing nursery rhymes to your child.
Overall, your child will be developing his or her skills and strategies to become a successful reader and writer.  A great activity to do with your child is to read with your child daily.  Some great books for reading to your child or with your child are listed below. 
Miss Powell's book suggestions for reading to your child: 
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
Down by the Bay
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Stay by Jane Cabrera
The Itsy Bitsy Spicer by Iza Trapani
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox
Reading Recovery 
Reading Recovery is first grade literacy intervention program.  The program in individualized.  Your child works with a Reading Recovery Teacher in a 1:1 setting for 30 minutes daily.  Your child should be rereading familiar books at home that are in his or her reading bag every night.  In addition, your child has a cut-up sentence that he or she will reassemble and paste in a journal at home.  Your child should be working on idenitfying high frequency words on index cards quickly and accurately.  These index cards are in an envelope in your child's reading bag.  Finally, your child should be spelling a couple high frequency words on the dry erase board in his or her reading bag every night.
Miss Powell’s book suggestions for students starting first grade:
Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward
My New Boy by Joan Phillips
Hello Readers (Level 1)
Sunshine Books
Rookie Readers
First Start Easy Readers
Spot books by Eric Hill 
Fun Writing Activities: 
Write a letter or send a postcard to a friend, teacher, or family member.
Write a story about a birthday party, losing a tooth, athletic event, or a pet.
Retell a chapter of a book or the whole book.
Describe a character from a book. 
Write about your favorite part of the story.
Other Fun Literacy Activities:
Visit the public library.
Play games like ABC Bingo or Boggle Junior.
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