Phone: 610-687-8480 X4267 (Room 56)
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Annmarie Burhop
WES Humanities Instructional Coach, Grades K - 5
I began my teaching career in 1991, after obtaining my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Penn State University (Go Lions!) Before joining the staff as the Literacy Coach at Wayne Elementary, I taught third grade, fifth grade and sixth grade. While a classroom teacher, I developed a passion in the area of literacy and decided to pursue my graduate degree in literacy at West Chester University. After completing my degree and obtaining my Reading Specialist certification, I served as a Reading Specialist and District Literacy Coach with the School District of Haverford Township. I joined the WES family as its first Literacy Coach in 2005.
I live happily in Delaware County with my husband and two daughters.
Ideas for Reading with Your Child
- Read to your child and with your child every day. When children are reading, it’s important to match them with a just right book, both with the words and the meaning. To check if the words are just right,try the five finger rule, by having them read a page or two out loud to you. If your child struggles with 5 or more words, then that book is probably too hard for them. When reading out loud to your child, feel free to choose any book of interest to you and your child, regardless of level. Read alouds are a great opportunity to model fluent reading and engage in discussions about their thinking.
- Try to always make reading a positive experience. It is not necessary to correct every error your child makes when reading. If your child’s error does not affect the meaning they are making, it can be ignored. Instead of asking many comprehension questions or asking them to summarize their reading, try for a more casual comprehension conversation where you both share your thinking.
- When your child is reading and encounters a challenging word, remind them to use all of the strategies they have for figuring out a word. For younger readers, these strategies include tapping out the sounds in the beginning, middle and end of the word, combining the sounds they know in the word with what would make sense in the story, looking at the pictures for clues, and rereading .
- Three helpful questions when reading challenging words are: Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense? With their attempt at a word, your child should answer yes to all 3 of these questions, not just one or two.
- “Reading is thinking!” Talk with your child about what parts of the story they liked best, or what they thought of the characters or events in the story. When reading informational books, share the interesting things they learned. It can be helpful if you model your thinking before asking your child to do so. Children love to hear what you found interesting, or your favorite part of a story.