Ms. Jennifer Buck:


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The library encourages academic achievement and believes in the importance of helping our students become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information. The library supports both Virginia's Standards of Learning as well as the American Library Association Standards of the 21st Century.

Reading The Gift That Keeps on Giving

It is the fundamental basis for conversations. It is the platform used to share current events. It is an open door to providing a framework and understanding of our environment and the world.

An article published by Joan Sedita, Effective Vocabulary Instruction, focuses on one of the five core components of reading instruction, vocabulary.

She quotes other researchers, sharing, “The number of words that students need to learn is exceedingly large; on average students should add 2,000 to 3,000 new words a year to their reading vocabularies,” (Beck, McKeown & Kucan, 2002).

Our goal at Phillips is to have students read in addition to time dedicated spent during school hours. While it is data from 2002, continuous research supports, “The amount of time spent reading and the amount read are important. For example, a student who reads 21 minutes per day outside of school reads almost 2 million words per year. A student who reads less than a minute per day outside of school reads only 8,000 to 21,000 words per year,” (Texas Reading Initiative, 2002).

As you spend time together during winter break, we hope that some of the shared memories include a favorite story!

Sedita, J. (2005). Effective Vocabulary Instruction. Insights on Learning Disabilities, 2(1), 33–45.

NOTE: Additional citations are provided in the reference section of the article. Please click on the link for additional information about publications, training and resources for reading.