Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Making Connections
A Comprehension Strategy

Dear Parents,

We have been working on the comprehension strategy of making connections.  We’ve talked about how readers think and read at the same time.  They make connections from what they already know to information in the text.

Thinking about what you already know is called using your schema, or using your background knowledge.  Schema is all the stuff that’s already inside your head, like places you’ve been, things you’ve done, books you’ve read – all the experiences you’ve had that make up who you are and what you know and believe to be true.   When you use your schema when you read it helps you use what you know to better understand and interact with the text.  It makes reading more meaningful and fun.

We read the story Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes.  We talked about experiences we’ve had that made us feel worried.  We connected our memories and emotions of feeling worried with Wemberly and could better understand the story.  We could relate to Wemberly and how she felt.  Our discussions helped us connect to the story. 

As adult readers we make connections all the time, perhaps without even being aware that we are doing so.  Sometimes a book will remind us of a personal experience or emotion. This is called a text-to-self connection.  A book may also remind us of another story we have read or a character from another book.  This is a text-to-text connection.  This can also include poems, scripts, songs, or anything that is written.  Finally, there are text to world connections.  These are connections that readers make between the text and the bigger issues, events, or concerns of society and the world at large. 

You can help your child learn how to make connections!  As you read with him/her become aware of your own thinking and share it out loud.  Model your thinking for them and encourage them to share their thinking too.  At first you may hear “I don’t know,” but keep modeling for them.  They are learning from you what proficient readers do in their head as they read!

Have fun making connections together!



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Beginning of the Year Reading

Beginning of the year assessments are wrapping up and I just wanted to touch base with you about your child’s results.  In a packet that was sent home, you will find: a scale of reading levels with your child’s highlighted, a book list of just right books you can get from the library or purchase, a strategy paper for reading at home with your child and a Raz-kids login to read books online at home.

In order for your child to grow as a read, your child reads to be presented with Just Right books. “If the book is too difficult, it will lead to frustration; too little of a challenge will lead to boredom (Routman, 2003). So the book needs to be “just right.” A just right book is one that provides a little bit of a challenge for the student. It should be a book that the student finds interesting and can be read with a small amount of assistance with the text. Spending time reading just right books during independent reading time will help students become stronger.”


Thanks for working with me to help your child build reading skills necessary for life!

Monday, July 17, 2017

All About Miss Robart

        Hello! My name is Miss Robart, and I will be your child’s first grade teacher. I am excited to teach first grade because the kids have so much enthusiasm for learning and they make tremendous growth throughout the year. I taught Title One reading for three years for students in grades kindergarten through fifth, and then three years of third grade at Glen Oak in Columbus, Ohio. This will be my second year at Gold Rush teaching first grade. I am so excited to have moved to Denver last year and began teaching in the Douglas County School District. I have wanted to move to Colorado since I was in middle school after taking many family vacations skiing at the resorts in Colorado.

      I am originally from Piqua, Ohio. I have one sibling who is two years older, and she is a respiratory therapist at Ohio State University medical center. I attended Ohio University for my undergraduate program and I completed my master degree from Ashland University. I am eager to use all of the knowledge I gained to help your child be successful in first grade.


    I spent most of my summer reading, running, riding my bike and hiking.  I enjoy staying active and healthy. I love to run and play volleyball whenever I get a chance! I look forward to our year together, getting to know you and your kids, and building strong partnerships with families!

My Favorites:


Movie: I Am Sam
Book: One and Only Ivan
Color: Pink
Food: Seafood
Drink: Milk
Sport: Volleyball and Skiing
Season: Winter
Animal: Pugs
Hobby: Painting and Running