Mrs. Rivers


Welcome to Remedial Reading with Mrs. Rivers!


Remedial Reading helps students become more proficient in reading by teaching them the skills they lack. When a student's reading skills improve, they will have greater success throughout their academic career and into adulthood.


Some programs we use in remedial reading are: Raz-Kids, Reading A-Z, Barton Reading & Spelling System, and Systematic Sight Word Instruction


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I will be pulling students out of the classroom for small group or one-on-one instruction in order to help them with the five key areas of reading:


Phonemic Awareness

The ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words. Before children can learn to read print, they need to become more aware of how the sounds in words work.


The letter-sound combinations and the connection between letter sounds and symbols.  Without an understanding of the relationship between letters and sounds, reading cannot occur. 


The words children must know to communicate effectively, and to be able to make connections with the meaning of words when reading text.  Vocabulary knowledge is not only the knowledge of a word's definition, but it also implies to knowing how that word fits into the world. 


The ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression.  In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently, whether they are reading aloud or silently.  When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately.  Their reading is smooth and has expression.  Fluent readers recognize words automatically.  Children who do not read with fluency sound choppy and read slowly.
Fluency doesn't ensure comprehension, but comprehension is difficult without fluency .  If a reader is constantly stopping to decode and figure out unknown words, most likely meaning will be disrupted and the process of reading becomes long and laborious.  


The understanding and interpretation of what is read.  To be able to accurately understand written material, children need to be able to: 

1. Decode what they read. 

2. Make connections between what they read and what they already know 

3. Think deeply about what they have read

One big part of comprehension is having sufficient vocabulary, or knowing the meanings of enough words.  Readers who have strong comprehension are able to draw conclusions about what they read; they can tell you what is important, what is a fact, what caused an event to happen, which characters are funny, etc. Comprehension involves combining reading with thinking and reasoning. 


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Reading Websites: - Great for students in K - 5 - Great for students in Pre-k, Kindergarten, & 1st & 2nd Grade - National Geographic Young Explorers - An online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love!   - Listen to stories read by famous authors and actors & actresses - Read books online with your child


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    My name is Sara Rivers and I am so excited to have the opportunity to get to know and work with your child this school year! This school year will be my 10th year in education.  I received my Bachelor's Degree from Daemen College in Elementary and Special Education and my Masters Degree from St. Bonaventure University in Literacy Education.  I feel so fortunate to be the Reading Specialist at St. Stephen School!  I have held several long-term substitute positions in WNY schools throughout my teaching career and am very excited to be working at St. Stephen's!  I have taught grades 3, 4, 5, & 6, as well as remedial reading.  All of these experiences have helped shaped me into the teacher I am today.  Communication between school & home is very important to me. My door is always open!  Please feel free to email me at:   



1.  I was married in July 2014 to Mr. Rivers, who is an art teacher at a Buffalo Charter School.

2. Mr. Rivers & I welcomed our son, Brayden, in September 2015!  We love him SO much! 

3. I grew up in Lancaster, NY with my parents and brother & sister.  My brother, Dave, lives in Austin, Texas with his fiance, and is attending law school there and my sister, Katie, lives in Clearwater, Florida with her husband and teaches 2nd grade.

4. When I am not teaching, I love to read, spend time with my family & friends, travel, shop, and snuggle with my cat, Bella! 
5. I am a huge Buffalo Bills & Buffalo Sabres fan




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