Mrs. Bouchard

               Maria Bouchard

                                                                  Mrs. Bouchard
As a Title 1 Literacy teacher, I work with first grade students in Reading Recovery.  Reading Recovery is an intensive, 20 week,  early intervention program which provides students with daily, individual, 30 minute lessons.

Guided Reading Plus groups are offered to students who are in need of literacy support in first and second grades, 4-5 days a week.

Reading Recovery Lessons consist of:

• Reading several familiar books
• Reading a story that was read for the first time the day before
• Working with letters and/or words using magnetic letters
• Writing a sentence or two
• Assembling a cut-up sentence
• Reading a new book

Guided Reading Plus groups in first grade look very similar to Reading Recovery, except in a group setting.  Second grade groups work with higher level texts, developing comprehension strategies and refining reading and writing skills.  

Each day, first and second grade students bring home a bag with several books that have been read during their lessons. Parents are asked to listen to their children read daily and support them with their literacy learning.

Home Connections:
Reports of progress are sent home in your child’s report card each ranking period. Literacy teachers meet with parents at conference time to discuss each child’s progress. In addition,  Benton's Title 1 team offers a variety of events to support literacy and math within the home. 

A Fall information night was our first annual event. This year,  parents met to discuss our Title 1 School-Parent compact and math activities for home.  Students took part in the interactive and energetic music presented by Matt Loosigian, otherwise known as "Earth Jams" . They received  copy of Bedtime Math   to take home.  It was fun for all !
Our next event will be held in the Spring at our student lead conferences. Students will receive a book fair certificate to use at the book fair. They will be able to choose books with their parents to support literacy at home. The Title I staff will have an informational table set up to meet with parents and provide them with additional resources to enhance and support literacy and math for their children.

Lastly, a summer kick-off program will be held in May.  Parents will leave with activities and resources to use at home to help their children avoid the “summer slide”.

Please contact me with any questions you may have.
Happy Reading!