Mary Rose Randall
My name is MaryRose Randall and this is my 22nd year of teaching. I have taught special education at Bethany 21 years. My goal is to work myself out of a job by bringing all students up to grade level. I want students to reach their fullest potential. Collaboration with classroom teachers and parents is important. Education is a team effort! I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and also Master of the Art of Teaching, Special Education, both from Winthrop University. It is exciting to teach students and watch them progress year after year here at Bethany Elementary.
Language Development Tips for ParentsTaken From: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/developing-reading-skills/time-to-rhymeThe ability to hear rhymes — knowing that cat rhymes with hat, but not with bag — is an essential skill for learning to read because it means that your child can discern the differences among individual sounds (or phonemes). Playing with rhymes trains her ear to hear the differences and similarities in how words sound.
- Find many opportunities to sing to and with your child. Create songs on the spur of the moment about whatever you are doing. Try "This is the way we wash our hands . . . " Remember that you don't need to have a good singing voice; your child will love it because it's yours.
- Combine rhyming with rhythmic clapping or movements. For example, try the rhyme "Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" to reinforce sound patterns. Rhymes like these are especially helpful for an active child who needs to involve his entire body in the activity. Songs like "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" or "The Hokey Pokey" can help your child follow directions as you sing the words. This kind of play involves your child's whole body in absorbing the sounds of speech, which may make it easier for him to connect the motion with the words you say.
- Encourage wordplay using poems, rhymes, or songs. You might begin by saying, "What rhymes with Matt [his name]?" Make up silly rhymes, such as, "Did Matt sit on the cat?" Or try working together to tell a little story about a cat chasing a fat rat. Write down the sentence you've thought up, and have him illustrate the idea. Together, make your own rhyming book. As your child gets more adept at rhyming, you might try to play a riddle game. Try something like, "I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with fish. And it's something in the kitchen that you put your sandwich on." "Fish rhymes with ... dish."
- Seek out high-quality rhyming books. Most children love silly songbooks, such as Paul O. Zelinsky's The Wheels on the Bus; storybooks such as The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss; or stories that encourage rhythm, such as Helen Oxenbury's We're Going on a Bear Hunt. These books and others like them will bring laughter and still more language play. The best part? They will help your child associate the joy of spending time with you with the awesome task of learning to read