Neshaminy Title I

Spotlight on Literacy: Phonics

Dear Neshaminy Families,

Welcome back to another issue of Spotlight on Literacy. We hope you enjoy our on demand mini workshops that are available anytime, anywhere. This newsletter provides families with background knowledge, strategies and resources to support learners at home with reading and related areas. In this issue, Neshaminy SD Reading Specialist, Beth Smith, shares her expertise on phonics.

Just a reminder...Dr. Peg Dawson will be joining us for a virtual Title I Parent & Family Engagement Night, Smart but Scattered: Helping Your Children Strengthen

Executive Skills to Reach Their Full Potential. Below you find the details and registration for this event.


Kim Maurizi

Title I Reading Specialist

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Phonics: What is it?

Phonics refers to the ability to learn the individual sounds in spoken language and match those sounds to specific written letters in the English language. This is called mapping sound to print. Phonics is the awareness that letters and sounds are related.

Phonics: Why is it Important?

Students who have strong phonics skills are able to connect individual sounds with letters. Then they are able to blend letter sounds into whole words. Students are then able to use these skills in reading comprehension, word recognition and spelling.

The goal of phonics instruction is to help children learn the alphabetic principle - the idea that letters represent the sounds of spoken language - and that there is an organized, logical, and predictable relationship between written letters and spoken sounds. Learning that there are predictable relationships between sounds and letters allows children to apply these relationships to both familiar and unfamiliar words, and to begin to read with fluency.

Children are taught, for example, that the letter n represents the sound /n/, and that it is the first letter in words such as nose, nice and new. When children understand sound-letter correspondence, they are able to sound out and read (decode) new words.

Learning how the 26 letters in our written alphabet are used to represent the roughly 44 sounds in our spoken language allows children to unlock the code of our written language!

(Reading Rockets)

Phonics Activities & Resorces

Letter-Sound Correspondence, Phonemic Awareness, and the Development of Literacy

Letter-sound correspondence refers to the identification of sounds associated with individual letters and letter combinations. This is the point in a child's development of literacy where phonemic awareness (sound) begins to overlap with orthographic awareness (print) and reading.

All of the stages of phonemic awareness prior to this have dealt exclusively with sounds and sound combinations. Now we move from sound to print!

Phonics Activities for Your Kindergartener

Phonics Activities for Your 1st Grader

Phonics Activities for Your 2nd Grader

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Phonics Video Resource...

**You may print resources and materials from the below links. If you do not have access to a printer, please email your Title I Reading Specialist for a print copy of the resource. Reading specialist contacts can be found at the end of the newsletter. In the email, be sure to provide the name of the activity, your child’s name and grade.

Title I Parent & Family Engagement Event!

Smart but Scattered: Helping Your Children Strengthen Executive Skills with Dr. Dawson

Wednesday, May 25th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your “smart but scattered” child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Join us with Dr. Peg Dawson because she has great news: there’s a lot you can do to help.

Dr. Dawson will answer the questions:

· What are executive skills?

· Why are they important to academics and life in general?

· How can I help my child reach his/her potential?

Register in advance for this workshop:

Click Here!

After the presentation, parents that complete a short survey will receive a free copy of Dr. Dawson's book, Smart but Scattered.

Title I Parent & Family Engagement Opportunities...

Each spring, Title I schools are required to develop a continuous improvement plan for the upcoming school year. Parents, families and community members are invited to participate in this process. If you are interested in participating on the steering committee for the planning, development or review of the Schoolwide Title I School Plan at your child's school, please reach out to your building principal.

Parent & Family Engagement Support

We have a Title I Reading Specialist available at each building to assist parents with supporting their child’s academic progress between home and school. One of the roles of the Title I Reading Specialist is that of a coordinator who provides opportunities for parents to participate in workshops and activities that will greatly benefit students. Also, the Title I Reading Specialist organizes and conducts, planning meetings with parents and volunteering opportunities that will help influence academic success. For more information, please contact the Title I Reading Specialist at your student's school:

NSD Title I Parent Handbook

Title I A. of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to school districts and schools with high percentages of children from families that may have various disadvantages. Read to find out more about Title I at NSD.

Neshaminy School District Title I

Please feel free to contact Michelle Burkholder, Director of Elementary Education, at any time with questions, concerns or suggestions regarding Neshaminy School District Title I.