Happy February! It's a month full of love (Valentine's Day)!


    Check out this great audiobook about how love can protect us from things we're scared of:

    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn


    From Storyline Online: "School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary."

    If you have any books you'd like to share with me, please email me at kmarcus@duxbury.k12.ma.us with your amazing book ideas!


    Also, if you're looking for something to work on to help your child's reading, you could practice working with these words:


    Fundations Trick Words 


    Some Activities To Do With These Words:

    1) Student reads the word, then writes it while saying the letter names out loud

    Characteristics of a students writing techniques - TechDissected

    2) Student reads the word, then writes the word on a whiteboard, and traces over the letters with his/her finger or marker while saying the letter names out loud

    Amazon.com : Manuscript Writing Dry Erase Board - Preschool, Kindergarten,  First and Second Grade - Learn To Write, Practice, Alphabet 12" x 9" :  Office Products


    3) Student reads the word, then writes it in the air with his/her two fingers while saying the letter names out loud

    Multisensory Reading Activities | Understood - For learning and thinking  differences

    4) Make flashcards and have the student read each flashcard.  Put the ones that he/she gets incorrect in a pile and practice those words next time

    Fry First 100 Sight Word Flashcards - Free by Amanda's Little Learners

    5) The student creates a sentence with the word (he/she can write it or just say it out loud)

    Pacon Sentence & Learning Strips, Elementary Students (5166) | Quill.com

    6) Give the student a few words and he/she has to make a sentence







    Katherine Marcus

    Alden Reading Specialist

    Alden School