Mrs. Thompson's Reading Group!

Where Readers are Leaders!

About Me!

Hello and HAPPY READING! My name is Rosey Thompson, and in my classroom, "Readers are Leaders."

Here's a bit about what makes my world go 'round!

I received my B.A. from Caldwell University in 2002, where I double-majored in Education and English, and obtained a minor in Child Psychology.

In 2009 I received my M.A. in Reading Specialization from Kean University.

I am currently enrolled in Fairleigh Dickinson University's College of Dyslexia, where I will obtain a certification as a Dyslexia Specialist in 2017!

I've been married to my husband Rob for eleven years! Together we have what I call our greatest accomplishments: two out-of-this-world boys that keep us very busy (and VERY tired)!

Gabriel is seven and is headed into second grade, and Jacob is four and is on his way into his second year of preschool.

My family enjoys anything that has to do with outdoor play! We are an active, rough and tumble crew that enjoys playing tag, make believe games, board games, the park, riding bikes, sports, playing super heroes (where daddy is always the bad guy), but we also love visiting museums, going to special programs at the library, visiting Barnes and Noble for story hour, swimming, trips on airplanes and trains to visit family, indoor parks and gardens, going to the city just to ride the ferries and the subways, and of course, Reading!!!!

"My Guys!"

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." -Frederick Douglas

What will our students be working on?

The Basic Skills Reading team works together in conjunction with your child's classroom teacher to ensure the most proper interventions are being used and works best for each individual child.

Here at Roebling, we use the Response to Intervention (RTI) model to make sure we are exposing students to all different types of intervention programs in accordance with the child's learning style, their strengths, and their weaknesses.

I work with grades K-3 and use several Reading Programs to perform interventions with students who are reading below grade level.

My goal is not only to bring students to benchmark, but I want them to LOVE reading! Lifelong readers are successful, develop higher self-esteem, and love to learn! Successful readers are confident! They are more willing to take risks to learn new things! And let's not forget the most telling statistic of all, successful readers become successful contributors of society.

It is a partnership! I can't do it alone! Parents and Guardians play an intricate role in showing our students how important it is to read, both during the school years, and in life.

I am excited to be on this journey with you, and thank you for sharing your children, your dearest accomplishments with me!

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." -Emilie Buchwald

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Together, we make a great team!

What can Parents do to help?

Here are a few tried-and-true guidelines from "Reading Is Fundamental" on how to motivate kids to read, with comments and suggestions from kids themselves.

Let kids pick out their own books

Book choice is a strong motivation for readers young and old. Let kids pick out books at the library or bookstore. It's almost a sure thing they'll want to read them. If you pick them out, they won't.

"Let your children pick out whatever interests them. When I was little, I always picked dinosaur books. My dad would read them to me. I got to pick out any book, and he would read it, no matter how hard it was," says Brian.

Set goals and reward reading

Reward reading with more reading, we've always said. Stop by the library or bookstore for the next book in your child's favorite series, or let your child shop for it online. Most kids agree, but they don't also see a problem with more… well, extrinsic rewards.

"Go around your town and find out about contests – you know, like the ones at the library where if you read so many books, you get a reward. Or make up your own," says Vincent. "If your kid likes ice cream, then every time he finishes, say, two chapter books at least over a hundred pages, then take him out for a little treat."

Let your kids see you read

Read the newspaper over your morning coffee, take a magazine from the rack in a doctor's office while you wait, and stuff a paperback into your purse, pocket, or briefcase. Your kids will catch on to the fact that reading is something you like to do in your spare time.

"If parents don't read a lot in front of kids, and instead watch lots of electronics – like TV and the computer – then the kids will think that's what they're supposed to do and they might not read as much," says Cameron.

Make reading together fun and memorable

Parents can convey important positive impressions about reading by making reading an experience their children will remember and cherish.

Emily says, "My mom really likes to read to me and she makes the books sound funny by using different voices."

It's not what you read to your child that counts; it's how. Make a story come alive by changing your voice and pace, or using sound effects and motions.

"For me, it was not just books – it was how my mom read the book that got my attention," says Brittany.

Create loving associations with books and reading

Reading together is a time for closeness and cuddling – another way to show your love as a parent, grandparent, or caring adult.

"My mom would write magical notes from Santa, from the tooth fairy, and 'discover' and read them with me in the morning. It was the sweetest reward knowing she'd taken the time," says Brittany.

Luis says, "My grandma is coming, and I want her to read to me."

For children lucky enough to have parents who read to them, the memory is lasting and their love for books and reading lifelong.

"Most of all, do it the old-fashioned way. Hold your child while you read together. One of my fondest memories is having my mom read to me in bed at night and falling asleep in her arms. I slept perfectly those nights," says Taurean.

"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943

Some helpful links for both students and parents!

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