We LOVE Reading

Hi Parents,

I hope you’ve had a good week. I’d like to devote this post to reading at home with your child. In school, we will really focus on comprehension and fluency…so it’s not just about reading the words. To help with this at home, it would be great if you could do a “partner read” with your child and his/her homework book each evening. A “partner read” means that you read a page, your child reads a page, sitting close and side by side, sharing the book between you.┬áThe book should be pretty close to his/her independent level. This will free you up to do the following:

*Ask questions that require the child to use what he knows to solve…”Why did the boy give up in the race?”

*Read in a voice that expresses what the character is feeling.

*Notice what is happening in the pictures and words so you can make predictions about what might happen on the next page.

Below you will find a chart that we use to “warm up” for reading. Perhaps you can follow it at home too.

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Here are a few more pictures of us reading along with the whole crew! Have a great weekend! Lisa

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First week…check!

Dear Parents,

Ms. Lisa and I have had the most wonderful first week of getting to know your children better. Much of the first few days was spent on activities that helped us get to know one another and set up our classroom routines. But now, we are right into the business of school. The workshops have been launched and we are reading, writing, and solving math problems like first graders. In Social Studies, we’ve been learning how we are alike and how we are different from other six-year-olds around the world. Today we learned about their hopes and dreams and compared them to our own. Here are some snapshots of what our kids want to be when they grow up. I think our future is in good hands!! We have superheroes, a fireman, policeman, teachers, vets, scientists, designers, an ayi, train drivers, ice skaters, and more!