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This is my third year at the junior high and seventh year at MSAD 49. I am looking forward to teaching and learning alongside your child. Each year I discuss the importance of reading to the parents and students in my classroom. Again, the single best way to improve reading and writing skills is for children to be reading and writing.  As a  society, we are changing and children are not reading or writing as often as is needed to become fluent. I would like to challenge all of the families of children I teach to a read off. Post books you or your child are reading with a brief summary. Maybe you will inspire someone to read something you enjoyed. Each quarter I will randomly choose one student  whose family posted to receive a small reward. Let's get reading!
Posted by lchamberlain  On Aug 29, 2018 at 7:06 PM 2 Comments
  
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. I am always asked how parents can help their children become better readers. Students need to read a lot! The more they read, the better readers they become. That is the simple answer. Most students reading below grade level do not read nearly enough to make the progress they need to. One  idea for fostering a love of reading is to be a reader yourself.  Have a family reading time and then discuss what you have read together.  Make it fun! Serve hot cocoa or cookies to entice your child to spend some time reading with you. You and your child might just find that you share a favorite author or genre. 
Posted by lchamberlain  On Oct 16, 2017 at 1:28 PM
  
In recent months, I have noticed many students discussing and debating what is happening in the United States presidency.  We are currently working on argumentative writing and the debating students have been doing is providing us with examples of argumentative speaking and writing ideas. Ask your child what they think about an important issue happening right now. This will get them thinking about the world and may spark a friendly debate. 
Posted by lchamberlain  On Feb 01, 2017 at 12:46 PM
  
The more children read, the better they become. It is important for your child to read everyday for at least 20 minutes. Have your child read out loud to you while you cook dinner or drive them to practice. They can read to younger siblings to practice too! Try making reading fun. Have them read recipes or directions to you. As children get older, it becomes more difficult to engage them in reading activities outside of school. Try to make it meaningful by finding things relevant to your child. For example, find information about driver's education and then have your child read and discuss the material with you. It will give them much needed information and they may enjoy learning about this.
Posted by lchamberlain  On Nov 30, 2016 at 8:12 PM