Meet Mrs. Margaret White
Hi, I am Margaret White and I was born and raised in the Seattle area. I attended St. Monica grade school and Holy Names Academy. I earned my B.A. in Education from Washington State University then received my M.Ed. and Reading Specialist Certification from Seattle University.
I have taught for over 30 years at various grade levels with 25 years being in Catholic Schools. I have also held the role of Vice Principal in Catholic Schools for 13 years and was appointed interim principal at one point. I have been the Reading Specialist at Saint Brendan since 2003.
My true passion is working with students and watching them develop as readers. I love the excitement that lights up their faces when they say, “I can read!”
In my free time, I enjoy watching my four daughters play their various sports. I also enjoy reading and walking.
My favorite quote is from Mother Teresa. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”
What an amazing school year! Your support and contributions to Saint Brendan School are truly appreciated.
As you begin your summer vacation, please take time to read with your children or have them read on their own. Listening to audio books can also be fun. Audio books model great fluency. First grade students need to continue to practice word attack decoding skills and students would benefit from continued review of Kindergarten sight words. First grade students can work on writing CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) and CCVC (consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant) dictated words. By doing this, students practice discriminating vowel sounds and listening for all sounds in a word. First graders should be reading on a daily bases. Also have your Kindergarten and First grade student point out sight words they notice on cereal boxes, magazines, and other printed material. By the end of First Grade, students should be reading at Level I or above.
Second and third grade students should continue to work on skills and strategies to help decode unknown words. They can continue to learn new vocabulary by incorporating a “challenging” word of the day into their routine. By the end of Second Grade, students should be reading at Level M or above.
Please continue to have your child read orally to you to practice fluency. Younger students should read the same decodable reader at least three times to increase their fluency and build quick word recognition. In addition, engage in conversation about the book. Try to ask questions that will require higher level thinking, not just recall questions.Both of these strategies are very helpful to developing great readers. Also model great reading by reading to your child.
There are many sites for young readers to practice phonics and reading. Here are a few:
Read Write Think
Book Wizard, which is part of Scholastic, offers parents and students the opportunity to find the level of books. Just do a search (BING or GOOGLE) for Book Wizard and you will be able to access the Fountas and Pinnell level for many books.
Another website to help parents understand struggling learners is www.understood.org. The dyslexia foundation also has lots of great information www.wabida.org as well as the Wired for Reading site. For Math, a good site for assistance is Khan Academy.
I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful community. Thank you for all your support.
Have a blessed and safe summer.