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Mrs. Matheny

434-528-6499 ext 29843
Classes Taught: 
Title 1


Hello Elon readers and families! 

I want to welcome you back to a new school year!  My name is Ruth Matheny and I am the Title I Reading Specialist at Elon Elementary. It is my goal to help your child develop into a confident, competent reader who enjoys reading. I look forward to partnering with you this year to help increase your child’s repertoire of reading skills and build a love of reading! Check out the many resources below that you can use to help your child with reading at home.

Reading Tips for Parents

PALS Resources for Parents (PreK-3):

Online Reading:

Check out these online resources that you can use to help you child at home:

VDOE's Learning in Place - Suggested Offline Activities to Engage Students

Kindergarten - Grade 2

  • Take a walk and look for things that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
  • Choose a favorite story and perform it as a play for someone in your house.
  • Syllable counting: Clap the syllables for everyone's name in your family. Count the number of syllables. Play "I spy" with things around the room by using the number of syllables as the clue (e.g. I spy something with 3 syllables)
  • Read! Read! Read!

Grades 3-5

  • Dinner conversations: Talk with students about what they are reading during dinnertime. Ask questions such as; What is the book about? Who is the main character? Where is the book set? How do you know? What have you found interesting so far?
  • Pick a favorite character from a story you are reading or have read. Create a collage about that character. It can be from pictures and words cut from a magazine or a scrapbook page that might be added to a scrapbook about the character.
  • Listen to or read a news segment or news article. Make a T chart and keep a running list of facts and opinions. Another variation of this would be to write an article for the news and be sure to include both facts and opinions. Read it to someone and see if they can find them.
  • Read! Read! Read!

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