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All About Me

Hello! My name is Diane Sausedo and I am the Learning Center Reading teacher here at Veterans Elementary School. I was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, and graduated from CSUB with a Bachelor’s Degree, a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.   I earned a  Certificate in Reading from the University of Irvine.  I am married and have one daughter, who graduated from college in May 2020.


It is a joy and quite rewarding to teach reading! My teaching career started at Norris Elementary School and then I taught at Olive Drive Elementary School before moving to Veterans Elementary School when it opened in 2007.


My wonderful aide, Stephanie Chavez, is married with three boys (young men, actually!).  She has five years experience teaching in the Learning Center, with me.  Together we teach small groups of first through sixth grade students.   Thank you for allowing us to teach your children!



The Biggest Bear - ReQuest Procedure

The Request procedure helps children to be purposeful, thoughtful readers, who read for meaning. Students play the role of teacher and ask the teacher questions as they read a story together. This is an enjoyable reading comprehension strategy for elementary students in grades 2 though 6.

Dictation Sentences - Phonics First

This video shows parents and teachers how to dictate phrases and sentences for students to write. From Phonics First: "Pounding is a neurolinguistic programming technique that that helps students remember the sentence. This technique is effective when students are struggling to remember the sentences as they write."

Phonics First Dictation Words - How to Teach Dictation

From Phonics First: "Students fingertap each word before writing it in order to hear the exact sequence of the sounds. Fingertapping is a kinesthetic technique designed to aid in isolating sounds and groups of sounds and remembering them so students can write them correctly. FIngertapping is for phonetic words only." This video coaches parents. Students can watch and participate.

Three Part Drill Explained

A Three Part Drill helps children master alphabet letters and sounds they have been introduced to. This How-to Video is a meant to help parents and teachers learn how to perform the Three Part Drill with their student(s).

Phonics First for First Grade Layer 1 Lesson 25

Parents, you can coach your student at home using suggestions and tips from this video.

Sight Word Practice With Games You Can Make at Home

Play bean bag toss, Flyswatter game, and Oh No! to learn frequently used words.

Read Live Video

Some 2nd through 6th grade students participate in the Read Live program in the Learning Center.  

April Reading Ideas 1st Grade 2020

The Heggerty lessons on this April grid are end of the year kindergarten lessons, however, they include phonemic awareness reviews that some first graders have not mastered. The pace of each lesson is quick and students can watch the lessons and easily participate in the activities at home.

1st grade Invitation to Starfall Letter

Starfall has some fun activities that you can try out.  The best section for you right now is the section called, "Learn to Read."  Click on "Short Vowels" and read the stories and have fun with the activities.  Once this becomes easy for you to read, click on "Long Vowels" and read the stories and complete the activities.  Lastly, click on "Phonics and Chunking" and read and do the activities. All of the stories and activities can be repeated in the weeks ahead.  Repeated (familiar) reading is very very good for you!  Have your parents email me if you have any questions and I can email or call them.