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Yokota teachers improving reading programs

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNEWS) -- Yokota AB's West Elementary school is improving education for military children by instituting a new workshop to improve reading.
 
The new reading workshop was created by five first grade teachers at the school hoping to improve reading writing and comprehension skills for first grade students. 

"We are holding a parent teacher reading workshop and we're offering parents many different sections on how to prepare their students for second grade success," said Tiffany Jones, a first grade teacher.

According to Ms. Jones' students, the workshop will be appreciated. 

"I like to read very much, but some of the words are really hard," said Mary Walker, a first grade student. "When I have trouble reading at home my parents tell me how to say it so I can just finish my book." 

Because of this initiative, one of the strategies teachers are using is how parents can help children at home.

"The whole workshop is to improve reading at home, from building vocabulary to phonics and fluency, we are just trying to help parents work with their children and teach their child independently," Ms. Jones said.

Ms. Jones said she plans on having more parent teacher workshops throughout the school year, and add more subjects like math and science.

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