Thursday, December 16, 2010

Kindergarten Friends

I watched Juliana and Angelina drawing and coloring their beautiful pictures together. Reminded me so much of this story featuring my 2 pals Cat and Dog.
   Click on the book cover below to read the entire story online!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Hello and Good-bye and All Day at School

Hello reading writing friends!
I'm thinking about hello and good-by songs. What a great way to start and end the school day. One "Hello" song I used was :

Hello, hello, hola! I (or bonjour, ni hao, Jambo, Konnichiwa, etc.)
Hello, hello, hola!
I'll sing it once, I'll sing it again.
Hello, hello, hola!

Here's a cute "Good-by" chant from my friend Majella.

Our day at school is over,
And we are going home.
Good-by! Good-by!
We are going home.

We stop, we look, we listen. (Slowly and dramatically, add hand motions)
Before we cross the street.
First we use our eyes and ears.
And then we use our feet!

And for the time in between the hellos and good-bys, check out these books about school.

Do you have a great hello or good-by song you'd like to share? Please send it in!  

Sunday, December 5, 2010

On buying books . . .

  Navigate to the link below to read a wonderful essay about buying books by LATimes book critic David L. Ulin.

"Here we have what books and reading bestow: that affirmation, that port of entry, the glorious pleasure of seeing the world open, even if it's not always a world we understand."

"There is no greater gift, no better bridge between us, no other territory in which we enter the imagination of another and discover (miracle of miracles) ourselves.",0,4000080.story

Friday, December 3, 2010

What Great Readers Do

When children know most letters and sounds, know how to sound out some words, have mastered basic sight word vocabulary and have progressed past little stories with repetitive text, then they are now ready to get into what reading is all about. Real reading is all about getting meaning from the written word. Real reading is simply not just stringing sounds and words together. Real reading is all about understanding what is read--which is comprehension, and reading with ease--which is fluency. Here is a great checklist I've compiled with help from my 1st and 2nd grade teacher friends. As you read longer books with children, this list will help children focus on meaning and develop reading strategies.

I Am a Good Reader! Here is What I Do:

I look at the title, author and pictures and think about what I already know about the topic or story. Based on these items, I make predictions about the story.

I take my time. I stop and ask myself questions about the story, and look for answers to the questions. Throughout the story, I guess or predict what will happen next. As I read, I think about how something in the text is like something I already know. If the text doesn't make sense, I reread those parts. I think about what the words really mean. When I come to a new word, I try to figure out what it means. I use the words around it, or read on and use the text to figure it out. I stop at periods and take a breath. I change my voice for questions marks, periods, and quotation marks. I make pictures in my mind of what I am reading. I visualize characters, the setting and the events.

I summarize or retell the important things in the story. I sequence the events. I think about how this story is like another one I have read. I reread books. I practice reading a lot! I may write about the story or write my own version of the story.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Reading Aloud!

Mom Jennifer reading a book to her son Matthew at Peet's Coffee this morning. Read my previous post to find out why this is so cool!
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Parents! 10 Surefire Ways to Get Your Kids Reading!

  1. Read aloud to your kids everyday.
Reading together can help build close relationships and sends the positive message: "I want to spend time with you."

2. Two words--BUY BOOKS. Children need to own books of their own. Favorite ones will be read over and over and will give readers a chance to experience the books in different ways. Rereading builds fluency and comprehension skills.

3. Visit the library and bookstores often. Participate in special programs and story times. Attend book festivals.
Read aloud to your kids everyday.
 Reading and storytelling build vocabulary skills and word power--the power to communicate.

5. "Read the world!" Invite your early reader to read street and store signs, billboards, cereal boxes, recipes, grocery lists, mail, etc.

6. Talk it up! Discuss the books you are reading with your child. Ask questions like: "Why do you think . . . ?" "What would happen if. . .?" or "Can you think of a new ending for the story?"
Read aloud to your kids every day.
 Reading aloud promotes good listening skills. Good listeners are good learners.

8. Turn it off! Whether it's TV, electronic games, ipod, computer games, etc. etc. etc. Involve your child in the real world.

9. Sing songs, chant rhymes and simple poems. Play word games like "piglatin" and board games using reading such as Monolpoly Jr.

Read aloud to your kids every day.
 Research proves that reading at home gives your child an advantage in school. Children learn to read by reading!

Monday, November 15, 2010

I love to see kids and books!

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Caught June reading with her mom at Peet's Coffee! Moms and Dads--don't forget to bring a bag of books on all your outings.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Celebrate Reading Song

Had fun at NAEYC last week, made lots of new friends. Hope to hear from you soon! Here's a song tocelebrate reading that I shared in my sessions. Sing to the tune of "Row, Row, Row,Your Boat." Got this song from an IRA (International Reading) conference many moons ago. Keep checking for more from NAEYC 2010.

Read! Author Unknown
Read, read, read a book,
Beginning to the end.
What a way to spend the day,
A book's a special friend!

Read, read, read a book,
Travel anywhere.
World-wide, you decide,
A book will take you there!

Check out a few of my books that celebrate reading!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Welcome to the Reading Writing Connection blog

Hi! I'm Rozanne Lanczak Williams. I'm an author who writes extensively for the educational and children's markets and an educator who speaks to teachers and parents around the world. Most of the books I write are for beginning readers. In fact, the 200 books I've written so far are the very first books many children read on their own!  I also write resource books for teachers. These books provide meaningful and fun activities teachers can use to help K-2 kids on the road to reading and writing.

My goal with this blog is to speak to you directly, parents and teachers, about ways to help your children LOVE TO READ as they LEARN TO READ with confidence and increasing fluency. And with a little help from some of my friends, my book pals and all of you, I plan to do that as often as I can.

Can't wait to share this wonderful journey of learning to read with you and your children! See you soon!