LITERACY - Grades K-5

Literacy contacts

Candice Irwin

K-12 Curriculum Specialist, Literacy/English Language Arts
Phone: (860) 291-1255

Reading Consultants and Interventionists

Eli Terry

Maura Buyak
Audrey Harris
Katy Parkin

Reading Consultant
Reading Interventionist
Response to Intervention Teacher

Orchard Hill

Stacy Aronson
Liz LaMontagne
Claire Zhalov

Reading Consultant
Reading Interventionist
Response to Intervention Teacher

Philip R. Smith

Kelly Burke
Claudia Kefor

Reading Consultant
Reading Interventionist

Pleasant Valley

Katie Belden
Dianne Nelson
Lesley King

Reading Consultant
Reading Interventionist
Response to Intervention Teacher


Kimberly Lavado
Donna Veo
Mary Harper

Reading Consultant
Reading Interventionist
Response to Intervention Teacher

>> Elementary Literacy Strategies for Families


High frequency sight words are commonly used words that children learn to read automatically. These words make up approximately 75% of the written language. Building automaticity with sight words helps develop children’s fluency which will support reading comprehension. Many of these words have unique spelling patterns so it is helpful to practice recognizing these words beginning in early primary grades. Several different lists of high frequency sight words have been developed, though the Dolch Sight Word Lists and the list of Fry 1000 Instant Words are the most widely used. Use the following links to access sight word lists and resources:

>> Free Sight Word Lists and Flashcards from Unique Teaching Resources

>> Dolch and Fry Sight Word Flashcards


The following website links are provided as resources for students and parents. These websites are not affiliated with or supported by South Windsor Public Schools.

Pebble Go - an online reading research database for emergent readers

Starfall - a free reading site for emergent readers

ABC' – offers online games in the areas of math and language arts for students in K-5. Games are sorted by grade levele arts while introducing basic computer skills.

Book Adventure - kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.

We Give Books - offers students a unique opportunity to read for social good.  Each book that is read results in a book that is donated to a charity for children.  Site allows students to practice “Read to Self” with a good fit book at home. 

Storyline Online - features accomplished actors and actresses (from the Screen Actors Guild) reading some of their favorite children’s books.  Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube. 

PBS Kids - hosts educational material for children. Between the Lions offers read-along folktales and fables with a twist, clever song videos of letter sounds, and amusing games.

ReadWriteThink – offers lessons and interactive games for students of all ages to help with the development of reading and writing skills.


Word World - 'WordFriends' teach preschool kids how to solve problems by building the right word. They journey on funny adventures together discovering that letters form words and that words have meanings.

Nutmeg Book Award - encourages children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of nominated titles.

Newsela - offers news on current events. Articles can be adjusted to your child’s reading level

Science News for Students - an award-winning, online publication dedicated to providing age-appropriate, topical science news to learners



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Shy loves birds. He'd love to watch them fly and hear them sing, but he's only ever read about them in books. . .until a real bird comes along.  He's dying to meet her, but there's just one problem:  Shy is, well, shy--so shy, in fact, that he's afraid to leave the gutter of the book.


Enjoy this story about the power of curiosity in the hands of a child who is on a mission to use science to understand her world.


When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora.



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