Mrs. Dimitriou

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Mrs. Dimitriou

My name is Angie Dimitriou, and I am thrilled to be your Reading Resource Specialist again! This is my 5th year here at St. Mary, and my 13th year as an educator.  I am very excited about working with the students, parents, and staff again.

My husband Harry and I reside in Woodridge and have three amazing children: Andrew, Anthony, and Kayla. We love traveling, walking our pup Meelo, running to activities, and reading books; it’s a big part of our special family time together.

Education:

  • Learning Behavior Specialist 1 - St. Francis University, 2017
  • Masters in Reading and Reading Specialist Endorsement– Concordia University, 2009
  • Bachelor in Elementary Education and Middle School Endorsements in Psychology, Social Studies, Business– Northeastern Illinois University, 2001

Reading Tips and Tricks

Initial Book Activities

  • Set aside a regular time and place to enjoy literature
  • Browse the pictures and discuss ideas
  • Talk about the characters, setting, the problem and solutions
  • Have your child retell the story using the pictures
  • Emphasize interesting sounds, patterns and rhyming words

 Emerging Readers

  • Encourage browsing and pretend reading
  • Move your finger along as you read
  • Make connections to the pictures
  • Point out sight words 
  • Use books with predictable, repetitive story patterns to help with fluency and support

 Early Readers

  • Expand quick recognition of sight words
  • Use pictures to confirm the meaning of text
  • Support the use of phonics, familiar spelling patterns, and story context to determine unknown/new vocabulary
  • Ask, "Does it make sense?"
  • Retell and summarize stories to focus on important parts of the story

 Transitional Readers

  • Support the recognition of difficult or content related words
  • Use "chunking" and knowledge of familiar word patterns to figure out new/unknown vocabulary
  • Read with expression
  • Select more complex text and chapter books
  • Reread unclear parts of the story
  • Stop and think about what you have read
  • Encourage an interest in a variety of genres: biography, poetry, historical fiction and non-fiction

Most important at any level... 

HAVE FUN, ENJOY, AND GET LOST IN LITERATURE!