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July 18. 2018

Fountas and Pinnell Talk About Why Reading Matters

Fountas and Pinnell were recently interviewed by USA TODAY reporter, Amy Sinatra Ayres, for an article in their fall, 2018 Back to School magazine. In the article, "Reading Matters: Inspiring the next generation of bookworms" they emphasize the importance of children reading books to gain insight into the human experience, and a better understanding of the world around them. They also offer advice on how to inspire reluctant readers and encourage them to read for pleasure.

To purchase this issue of USA TODAY Back to School and read the article, go here.

(Photo credit: USA TODAY Magazines)

July 5. 2018

How to Access Fountas & Pinnell Online Resources

Whether you're a new user of Fountas and Pinnell materials or a current user, you most likely need to access the Fountas & Pinnell Online Resources. We recently updated our website, so things have changed a bit. In case you're having trouble gaining access or finding the Online Resources, here's a little how-to.

What are the Fountas & Pinnell Online Resources?

The Fountas & Pinnell Online Resources is a repository of printable resources, record keeping forms, videos, and more that are referenced in various Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ products. Most of these resources were available through a CD-ROM at one point, but in order to meet the technological needs of our customers, it made sense to have them be accessible online. More...

June 28. 2018

Ask Meli! June, 2018

Most of you are done with school for the summer but Meli has been hard at work answering letters! This month, we have letters from a group of second graders from Northview Primary School in Findlay, OH.

Q: I am in second grade, my name is Ashlee. I am from Findlay, Ohio. I am wondering how the surgery went. I am hoping you still don't hurt. I am hoping you could be my friend. I read Meli Goes to Surgery Rehab and they were really good. I am hoping for more Meli books. ~Ashlee

: Hi Ashlee! It was so great to hear from you! My surgery went well I'm all better now! The vet took really good care of me! Swimming helped me get nice and strong, plus it's a lot of fun! Keep reading! Woof! ~Meli More...

June 20. 2018

Why ODMS (Online Data Management System)?

For those who have purchased Benchmark Assessment System, Sistema de evaluación de la lectura, Leveled Literacy Intervention System, or Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Guided Reading Collection, you may know that with your purchase you automatically gain access to a one-year, free trial subscription to the Online Data Management System (ODMS). If you have taken advantage of this offer, then you know how valuable this tool is. If not, you are missing out. Here’s why. More...

June 14. 2018

How to Engage Parents and Caregivers in Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

Now that Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is up and running in your classroom, you might be looking for ways to collaborate with parents and caregivers to keep your students engaged when they go home. As you begin to plan for next year, think about ways to actively engage parents and caregivers in the literacy lives of their children. Your students will benefit greatly from communication  between home and school.

Here are some ways that parents and caregivers can support their children at home.

  • Listen to the books their children bring home to read
  • Read books aloud to their children 
  • Talk about books together
  • Go to the library 
  • Encourage their children to write for authentic purposes (such as a grocery list, a letter, or directions) More...
June 6. 2018

9 Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

Summer Slide is a term that has become all-too popular among educators. It’s a term that was created to describe when students return from summer break reading at a lower level than they did when they left the previous school year. We know that Summer Slide happens when students don’t practice their reading or writing over the summer, but it actually starts during the school year. If students don’t get hooked on reading in the classroom, they aren’t going to continue reading in the summer. So how can we prevent the Summer Slide? Here are some ideas.

1. Look for ways that books can be provided to children during the summer. For example, you might work with the public library to have a public library/parent night to make sure families have library cards and are aware of services. More...

June 1. 2018

Ask Meli! May, 2018

Summer is almost here! Meli has been wrapping up the school year by reading lots and lots of your letters! She hopes you keep writing to her during the summer!

Keep reading to see her answers to students at Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School in Glenville, NY.

Q: Dear Meli, My favroite book is Meli at the Pet Shop. Does Meli have a brother or sister? Meli do you behave? -Anthony

: Hi Anthony! I'm so happy to hear you like my books and I loved your questions! I am an only animal, so that means I do not have any brothers or sisters. And I try to behave, but sometimes I chase rabbits even though I'm not supposed to. Keep reading! Woof! Meli More...

May 25. 2018

TWITTER CHAT RECAP: The Power of Professional Learning

On Thursday, May 24, Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell hosted a Twitter Chat on the POWER of Professional Learning. People from all over the country joined in and shared thoughts, ideas, and even some of their school’s professional learning opportunities. Some favorite tweets included: 
Teaching isn’t something you master; you’re never finished. A sign of teaching excellence is continuous learning. 
Materials themselves help teachers grow professionally, but alongside that teachers need good professional learning opportunities. Professional learning makes the work come alive. 
Student achievement rises dramatically when teachers work in climates of collegiality and continual improvement. 
Join the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Online Community to gain access to webinars, tools, discussion boards, and other resources that will keep your professional learning active throughout the summer! More...
May 17. 2018

The POWER of Professional Learning

Teacher expertise is at the heart of student achievement. Continuous professional learning using a rich variety of resources and opportunities is crucial to elevating that teacher expertise. Materials themselves help teachers grow professionally, but alongside that teachers need good professional learning opportunities. Professional learning makes the work come alive.

Professional learning gives you renewed energy. It strengthens instructional decision making, empowers teachers with the latest in literacy thinking, transforms teaching and learning, and invokes a culture of collegiality and teacher expertise. Read on to learn more about the benefits of professional learning, as well as the variety of opportunities that are available to you and your colleagues. 

The Importance of Collaboration

Perhaps the most valuable aspect of professional learning and development is the talk and problem solving that takes place between colleagues. Through regular, planned professional learning opportunities, you and your fellow teachers can further develop your craft, strengthen your instructional decision-making, and confidently deliver high-impact literacy instruction that enhances the learning experience of each student. More...

May 10. 2018

Make Learning Visible Through Reading Minilessons

*This week's blog is in preparation for next week's free, LIVE webinar with Fountas and Pinnell on Putting Reading Minilessons Into Action. Join us on Wednesday, 5/16 at 4:00 p.m. EST to learn more about Reading Minilessons! Register HERE.

In a literacy-rich classroom, students have a variety of reading experiences throughout the day. They hear written texts read aloud through interactive read-aloud, they participate with their classmates in shared reading, and they experience tailored instruction in small guided reading groups. But it is through the reading minilesson that you build on those experiences by making one important understanding visible. Students are then responsible for applying that understanding consistently in their reading, which will allow them to reach their ultimate goal: joyful, independent, and meaningful processing of a written text.

The Role of Reading Minilessons in Literacy Learning

A reading minilesson takes only a few minutes per day and usually involves the whole class. Each minilesson engages your students in an inquiry process that leads to the discovery and understanding of a general principle. It builds on a shared literacy experience (e.g., interactive read-aloud, shared reading, book clubs, guided reading) that the children have participated in prior to the lesson. The reading minilesson serves as a link between that prior literacy experience and their ability to apply this experience to their own independent reading. Making these explicit links is the goal of minilessons. All teaching, support, and confirmation lead to a student’s successful, independent reading. More...