The children are very excited to begin our Take Home Reading Program. Each child will bring home a Ziploc bag with 4 books and an instruction sheet for their reading level. Every Monday your child will choose four books from our classroom library. All books are to be returned each Monday morning so that the children can exchange the books for new ones(you are welcome to exchange the books on any day of the week but we will try for Monday’s for now, if you have a fast or slow reader feel free to return them when it works for your family). If your child is sick on a Monday please have him or her return the books when returning to school. If Monday is a holiday then books can be returned on Tuesday.
As reading familiar texts is important, students are asked to keep the same four books for the week and reread these books daily. Rereading is very important in developing literacy skills because it provides students with confidence, helps familiarize them with sight words and makes reading fun. Please don’t forget that understanding (comprehension) of the story is just as important as being able to read the story. It is essential that your child talk about the books he or she reads and is able to retell the story to you. A child’s independent reading level is the level that he or she can read most of the words and immediately after reading can retell the events in the story using many of the details and vocabulary from the text. It may take a few weeks for your child to get skilled at choosing books at his or her independent level so please offer as much support as your child requires to read the books brought home. This is not meant to be a stressful situation for your child or you!
In order to develop sufficient reading skills children in Grade One should be reading with an adult for about ten minutes each night. This should not replace the stories you read to your child so please do not stop reading aloud favourite books at bedtime. Children need to be engaged daily in reading and listening to reading in order to practice and internalize the literacy skills we are learning formally at school. If your child is not yet a reader it is helpful to include your child while you read to him or her but don’t over do it. Having your child sound out a word that you know he or she can sound out, or point to words that he or she knows is more than enough for children still learning to read. We want to be sure we are always building confidence in our young readers.
Please be sure your child has a safe place to keep the bag of books so that they don’t get mixed up with library books or personal collections of books.
Through out the year I will be providing you and your child with various tips and strategies both on the blog and in the take home reading bag. I encourage you to keep these tips and strategies handy and not only use them with your child as he or she reads but also make sure your child is aware of what strategies work best for him or her.
If you find that your child is struggling to read the books brought home or they are becoming to easy please let me know. Often children will choose books that they like as well as “just right” books so if your child is bringing home an interest book please enjoy it together.
Here are videos to help your child remember the vowel sounds!
The following descriptions and videos are located on the YouTube channel of the Canadian Paediatric Society. Please take a moment to view the 2 videos as they contain current and valuable information about the different things that impact mental health.
Taking care of our mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. As a parent, you play an important role in your children’s mental health. You can promote good mental health by the things you say and do, and through the environment you create at home.
Parents and caregivers play a big role in fostering their child’s self-esteem. Self-esteem is how people feel about themselves, both inside and out. People with good self-esteem generally have a positive outlook, accept themselves and feel confident. Children need to feel loved and accepted to build self-esteem.
Here are a few more videos to help your child remember the vowel sounds!
This week for shared reading we will be adding a new reading strategy – Flippy Dolphin
1. Eagle Eye (look at the pictures)
2. Stretchy Snake (sound out the letters and blend them together)
3. The Popcorn Song
4. Flippy Dolphin (if the word doesn’t sound right use another sound the vowel makes)
We will also be talking about the number words in the poem: one, two, three, four, five, six
Here is the link to our poem: Me!
Have your child use the mouse to point to each word as he or she reads the poem!
- Can your child find the popcorn words: was I me am and ?
- Can your child locate the number words? Can he or she print the number words on paper? Maybe he or she can text them to a family member?
I have noticed that some of the children have been mixing up numbers in the “teens.” Either they are not famailir with the numbers or they say/ print them reversed 13 is 31 or 17 is 71. Here are some practical ways you can help your child learn to recognize these and all numbers to 100.
-while watching your favourite sporting event on TV point out the numbers on the jerseys
-while trying to locate a tv show in the tv guide ask “What channel is that on?”
-while out for a walk play games with the numbers on houses: What number would that house be if it was one less/2 less? What number would that house be if it was 2 more/1 more? What number would that house be if you added all the numbers in the house number together?
-while at the grocery store look at the prices and read them together; some children are ready to start adding or taking away one or two cents or even a dollar
Here are some videos about the “teen numbers.”