Neshaminy Title I

Spotlight on Literacy: Advanced Phonics

Dear Neshaminy Families,

We hope you enjoy another issue of Neshaminy Title I Spotlight on Literacy. Each issue is designed to be an on demand mini workshop that is available anytime, anywhere. Each one 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, Joan Brooks, shares her expertise on advanced phonics.

Just a reminder...This Wednesday, May 25th, 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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Advanced Phonics

Advanced Phonics: What is it?

Advanced phonic refers to the ability to understand that:

- Most long vowel sounds can be represented in more than one way (long a can be spelled with ai, ay and a-e).

- Some spelling patterns can represent more than one sound (“ow” can say o as in grow or ow as in cow);

- There are five syllable types beyond the basic Consonant-Vowel-Consonant that help readers to decode words: Vowel-Consonant-e; open syllable, vowel team, Vowel-r, and Consonant-le.

- An unaccented syllable in a multisyllabic word will usually have an unexpected vowel sound, the schwa, which is usually the sound of short u but could also be short i sound. The “i” in the word family, for example, makes the sound of short u.

- The letters c and g have both a hard and a soft sound.

- Prefixes such as un-, mis-, and pre-, as well as suffixes such as -er, -able, and -ment can be added to root, or base, words to create new words.

Advanced Phonics: Why is it Important?

Knowledge and skills in advanced phonics will enable students to analyze advanced phonics patterns, syllable types, and morphemes, the smallest units of meaning including root words and affixes, to read and spell words.

Advanced Phonics Activities & Resorces

Vowel Digraph Baseball
**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.
Definitions of Key Alphabetic Principle Terminology

The alphabetic principle is composed of two parts: • Alphabetic Understanding: Words are made up of letters that represent sounds. • Phonological Recoding: Using the relationships between letters and sounds to read or to spell words.

NSD Summer Reading Event!

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Neshaminy Summer Reading Kick-off Event: Book Your Summer with Reading!

Monday, June 6th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Join the NSD Reading Specialists for a fun virtual parent session to learn about what you can do to engage your readers over the summer months.


  • Summer Reading Engagement
  • Sora app
  • Summer Reading Lists
  • NSD Summer Reading Challenge/Incentive
  • Free Learning Resources

Register in advance for this workshop:

Click Here!

After the presentation, parents that complete a short survey will receive early access to the summer reading list!

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.