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Mrs. Steiner's Reading Page

Welcome to the Reading K-2 page!

My name is Pam Steiner.  I have been at Seneca Grade School as the Reading Specialist since August 2007.  Prior to Seneca, I taught third grade at South Wilmington Grade School for one year and then went on to teach first grade in the Plainfield School District for four years.  While teaching in the Plainfield School District, I went to University of St. Francis to obtain my Master’s degree in Reading, and completed it May 2007.  I am currently working on obtaining my ESL (English as a Second Language) endorsement through Northern Illinois University.  This will be done December 2010.

 My job as the Reading Specialist consists of working with small groups of students in grades K-2 through our RTI (Response to Intervention) program.  My goal is to get students to be good readers and thinkers by the time they go to the third grade!  We have wonderful students to work with here at Seneca Grade School, so it makes my job truly amazing and rewarding.

Some skills I work on with students in grades K-2 include:

  • Letters and Sounds
  • Sight Words
  • Rhyming
  • Decoding strategies
  • Comprehension strategies


Within the decoding skills, these are the strategies your child is taught when they are stuck on a word.  These visuals help your child remember what they can do to figure out the “tricky” word.  The strategy of “sounding out” the word does not always work in the English language, as we all know, so children need other strategies to use.




Some of the comprehension strategies we are focusing on this year consist of the “Fab Four” which include predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing.  The second grade teachers, along with Miss Hall, presented the “Fab Four” characters (from reciprocal teaching) to all of second grade in the reading room.  These characters are:  Madame the Powerful Predictor, Quincy the Quizzical Questioner, Clara the Careful Clarifier, and Sammy the Super Summarizer.  Each character does something different to help in comprehending stories and they all work together to understand what is being read.  The goal of focusing on the four characters is to get students thinking about their reading and explaining their thinking processes.  Other comprehension strategies students work on include making connections, visualizing, inferring, and synthesizing.


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