Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! I am so pleased to be a part of the Fall River School District!

Although this is my first year here, I am bringing more than 15 years of experience as a reading specialist to this position. Over the years, parents have often asked me what they can do to help their children become better readers. My answer always involves more reading.

Children, like adults, tend to read more if they are interested in what they're reading. And many children, like adults, find that they read more if they get interested in reading books in a series. Getting children interested in series books increases reading volume, and also increases the likelihood that the reader will encounter new vocabulary which leads to better comprehension.

Many children also have interests in various topics. Encouraging your child to read widely on those topics will help him or her develop deep conceptual knowledge as s/he becomes an expert in those areas.

I have included some links that might give you some book/magazine reading ideas. I wish you and your child a year full of happy reading experiences that include some lively discussions!

Please feel free to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns as we work together to help your child build his/her reading and writing life.