Schools Put Early Emphasis on Reading
Wausau Daily Herald (WI)
Six-year-old Colton Zajackowski sat at a table Wednesday, reading a book called "The Hungry Giant's Soup" to his teacher Theresa Matz. Matz is a reading specialist with Merrill Area Public Schools who teaches struggling students with a tailored program called Reading Recovery. Colton concentrated hard as he read the book, about a surly giant looking for a meal. But the words came out of his mouth in a monotone that indicated he knew the words but really wasn't getting the overall story.The reading lesson was part of a three-hour training session during which teachers watch, critique and learn strategies that can help young readers such as Colton catch up with their peers in terms of literacy skills.
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