The Lyons Letter: Monthly Reading Incentives

Would you like to maintain the reading success your child has in school by supporting it at home?  Every month your child can participate in a monthly reading incentive program.  

To participate, your child is asked to read a minimum of 20 minutes a day, 21 days a month to qualify for a participation prize and to be entered into a monthly drawing.  Two students are selected per classroom to choose a free book.  

They simply complete the calendar with the minutes they read, you sign in for them, and they return it to school on the specified days.   Each month, there will be a classroom drawing for each classroom for a student to win a book.  

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Lyons

The Lyons Letter: Why I Can’t Skip Reading With My Kid(s)

Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

Why is it so critical to include 20 minutes of reading in your child’s daily schedule? 

There is a wealth of research supporting daily reading with your child especially prior and during the period when he/she is learning to read. 

Here are a few ways that reading for 20 (or more) minutes a day benefits your child.

1. Reading is brain food—the experience of reading (whether you are the reader or the one being read to) activates and “exercises” many of the areas of the brain.

2. Reading improves listening skills.

3. Reading builds early literacy skills—phonics, phonemic awareness, concepts of print, word knowledge, 

4. Practice makes better—the more exposure the stronger the skill.

5. Reading improves academic performance.

6. Reading improves relationships—there is nothing more wonderful then spending 20 minutes one-on-one with a child.

Wishing you joyful reading!

Mrs. Lyons

The Lyons Letter 9.14.18: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

What is MTSS?  It is a multi-tier approach to early identification and support of students using key instructional strategies, universal screening tools and on-going data analysis to implement effective interventions.  

Think of the tiers within a pyramid, as you move closer to the top, or point, the more specific the support.

Tier 1– Universal Level

  • Takes place in the general education classroom on a daily basis. 
  • High-quality, differentiated, research-based instruction.

Tier II—Targeted Level

  • Takes place within or outside the general education classroom.
  • In addition to classroom instruction. 
  • Remediation of specific skills or concepts in small groups.

Tier III— Intensive Level

  • Takes place outside of the general education classroom.
  • In addition to classroom instruction.
  • Intensive skill-specific intervention.
  • One-on-one or small group instruction.

Touch base with any questions!


Mandy Lyons

Meadow Brook Learning Consultant (LC)