Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal


School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.  Continue reading

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal


School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.  Continue reading

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Tips for Parents When Reading is Too “Sitty” for Active Kids

Here are some strategies that may help children at home build reading interest and stamina.

What to Do When Reading Is Too “Sitty”

Most kids love stories, but not all love to read. Discover 10 creative ways to encourage active kids who would rather run than read, to enjoy digging into books.

My daughter is a mover — she’s constantly in motion, even when she’s sleeping. She hates sitting still for anything, including reading. Some kids won’t like reading if it goes hand in hand with sitting still. Our active kids need us to think outside the chair.


Listening to audiobooks isn’t, technically, reading (as in reading print). You want your child to read, I understand. But it’s okay to count audiobooks as reading — especially with active kids. Here’s why:

  • Listening to an audiobook doesn’t require sitting! A child can pace, wiggle, dance, roll around, whatever she needs to do. It’s a great way to hook a mover and help her become a reader.
  • Your child needs to learn to love stories. Realizing that reading is the key to unlocking a fascinating story is hugely important in turning around reluctant readers.
  • Your child will build valuable knowledge about story elements — plot, conflict, beginning/middle/end, and so on. These can help your child understand what she reads and make more accurate predictions about stories.
  • You can ignite obsessions by listening to an audiobook series. Once your child gets interested, she might want to continue reading the series, or read more by that author, or about that subject.

Don’t forget, you can listen to audiobooks in the car, too!

Mealtime Stories

As a toddler and preschooler, my kinesthetic daughter wouldn’t sit still to listen to an entire picture book story, so I’d follow her around to read her the entire book. That’s when I started reading to her while she ate breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. She was so busy eating that she became a captive audience (and she was trapped in her high chair!). Try making mealtime a story-reading time at your house.

The Walk–Read

Help your child perfect her walk–read, i.e. being able to walk while reading without incurring injury. (But please, safety first. And certainly don’t allow this around stairs, uneven surfaces, or other dangerous terrain where eyes and mind need to be 100% on locomotion!) Also, there is the stationary bike-read (I’ve seen this at innovative schools, and it looks fun!), the rocker/glider/hammock read, the inside pod-swing-read, and the on-the-floor- read.

Electronic Books

Some critics argue that e-books are too game-like. Maybe they are, but they do get reluctant readers reading. Personally, I count e-books as reading even if they include games. More about e-book reading strategies on Imagination Soup.

Book Swap Party

Organize a party for kids to trade books they’ve read — but with a condition: they have to read the book in order to attend the swap. At the party, have each child give a short book talk (thumbs up, thumbs down, and why) so the other kids can know what it’s about. Trade books using the White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules.

Make a Book-Related Movie

Some kids are born performers. Use this passion to help them with their reading. Have them make a video themselves reading aloud or giving a review/sharing their opinion of a book. Website like KidzVuz.com and Zui.com provide opportunities for kids to share videos  with friends.

Reading Tent

Set up a tent or blanket fort. Add pillows, a flashlight or battery-powered lantern. Let your wiggly reader use it as a reading nook.

Short Nonfiction

Nonfiction books are great because they don’t necessarily have to be read sequentially (that is, from beginning to end). Often your child can dip into them wherever she likes — reading just the chapter on mummies in a book about Ancient Egypt, if mummies are what she loves. Then, if she wants, she can read the chapters on pharaohs, on how the pyramids were built, and so on. Jumping around a book can be perfect for our most active readers! For a list of engaging nonfiction titles, go to Chapter Twelve.

Piles of Books

Strange as it sounds, I sneak around the house and leave piles of library books for my kids to discover. The adventure of discovering them makes the books so tempting, neither child can resist the urge to investigate. Often one or two books will “take,” and my kids will sit down with that book and read.

Picture Books

Picture books should part of your reading diet. Picture books are great for kids with shorter attention spans because there’s so much to engage them: They’re rich with vocabulary, the illustrations provide extra context to the story, and they offer amazing stories. As such, they develop knowledge through a multi-sensory experience. And contrary to what you might think, picture books are not easy reading: many are written at a 4th to 5th grade reading level. To get you started, check out School Library Journal’s Top 100 Picture Books.

Product Recommendations (To Make Reading Not Sitty)

Excerpted from Book Love: Help Your Child Grow from Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader, by Melissa Taylor (2012). You can also join Melissa on her early learning blog, Imagination Soup.

Additional sites to prepare our McDonald Students for NWEA

NWEA is an important assessment.  Students will take the NWEA Assessment, three times a year.

Please allow your child time at home to access these sites and to practice based on their individual Math and Reading RIT score.


www.coolmath.com Interactive math games

www.aplusmath.com A+ Math

www.aaamath.com Math practice and activities

www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/ro/pages/studentlinks/map/   NWEA Map Practice based on RIT

www.linnmar.k12.ia.us/schools/westfield/westweb/NWEA_Math_RIT_Sites.htm   NWEA /Map Practice based on RIT



Language Arts/Reading

www.prepdog.org/2nd-grade.htm  Prepdog

www.merriam-webster.com Merriam Webster Word Game of the Day

www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/ro/pages/studentlinks/map/reading.htm   NWEA/MAP Practice based on RIT

www.vocabulary.com Vocabulary activities


All Subjects

www.abcya.com for all grades



Please keep this list posted on the refrigerator or near the family computer so that it is easily accessible.

If you have trouble accessing any of the sites or if you have any questions, please let me know.

What is N.W.E.A./M.A.P?

The NWEA assessments are: M.A.P. (Measures of Academic Progress) – It is a computerized test, that  tests our students in Reading, Language Usage, Math and Science.  Our students take it in the Fall, Winter and Spring.  When taking a MAP test, each question is based on how well the student answers the questions. If the student answers correctly the test becomes more difficult and if the student answer incorrectly it becomes easier.
This test provides the teacher information to guide instruction in their classrooms.  It provides the teacher with the students’s strengths and weakness and specific area where the teacher can support the student.
If you have any questions about NWEA, please feel free to email me.
I will be sharing with you resources you may use at home to help your child/children.


October 19, 2015

We are currently in our sixth year of implementing Daily 5/Cafe in our district.  Here’s a quick summary from the Daily 5/Cafe site,  explaining how it works and the benefits for our students.

Daily 5

The Daily 5™ is a framework for structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently.

Book Cover of The Daily 5

The second edition was released in spring 2014.

How does it work?

Students select from five authentic reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. These choices include

  • Read to Self,
  • Work on Writing,
  • Read to Someone,
  • Listen to Reading, and
  • Word Work.

Teachers tell us their Daily 5 classrooms produce productive, highly engaged students who are developing a true love of literacy.

The benefits of The Daily 5 for teachers and schools include the following:

  • students develop independence, stamina, and accountability;
  • less time consumed by classroom management leaves more for instruction;
  • the framework adapts flawlessly to district-adopted curriculums and state mandates;
  • improves schoolwide literacy achievement; and
  • behaviors of independence transfer to other content areas.

The CAFE System is how The Sisters, and teachers all over the world, deliver instruction within The Daily 5 framework. It is what enables teachers to choose individualized goals, assign strategies, monitor progress, and provide just-in-time instruction to meet the needs of every student.

From the Daily 5 site:https://www.thedailycafe.com/daily-5

CAFE is an acronym for the four major components of reading. They are:

  • C for Comprehension
  • A for Accuracy
  • F for Fluency
  • E for Expanding Vocabulary

Children learn reading strategies within each category. These strategies will become tools for the children to use to help themselves become better readers and writers.

I will start posting a new strategy through Parent Pipelines to give you clear directions as to how you can reinforce concepts at home with your child.  Remember to ask your child which strategy he/she is working on.  Therefore, you can support at home when you read with your child.


Welcome to iBlog

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