LITERACY

Kindergarten with Mrs. Chadburn

Each week we will read a book as a class to focus on learning different reading comprehension skills.

Unit 3: Changes All Around Us

Book of the Week: Little Panda

Question of the Week: How does a panda change in its first year of life?

Skill: Compare and Contrast

Sight Words: me, with, she

First Grade with Mrs. Currier

Each week, we will read different books together in class focusing on different spelling & sight word skills.

Unit 2 - Communities

Chapter 3

Text(s) of the Week: Our Community", "Too Much Trash", Walk Around a City, Who Works Here?, "Neighborhood Map," and "How a City Grows"

Comprehension: Author's purpose

Conventions: Special Titles (Dr, Mr, Mrs, etc

High-frequency (sight) words: live, who, people, out, work

Amazing Words (Oral Vocabulary): citizen, law, branch, patrol, community, leader, headquarters, earn

  1. Read books at their level either from home or school for 10 -15 minutes every night. Please remember to remind your child to return their folders to school every day. This is often filled with important material including books, etc.

Writing Workshop with Mrs. Chadburn

Both grades are learning about personal narratives.

We are learning how to draw/write about one small moment.

Things for you to say when your child stops at a word...

-"You try"

-"What does it start like?"

-"What sound does that letter make?"

-"Look at the picture to see if it helps you"

Things to say when your child makes a mistake...

-Let them finish the sentence and see if they realize that it didn't make sense.

-"Try that word again"

-"It could be ____, but look at what it starts with"

Tips for Reading with your Child

Use sound strategies to tackle a new word

· As we are learning more letters and their sounds, we are starting to sound out unfamiliar words. When you’re reading with your child at home, have your child say the sounds of the letters (of the unfamiliar word) and then help them to blend the sounds together. As this strategy becomes familiar, your child will be able to blend the sounds together on their own.

Use the story to help your child learn

· Ask your child what word or idea would make sense in the plot of the story when she gets stuck on an unfamiliar word.

· Encourage your child to look at illustrations, pictures, titles, or graphs to figure out the meaning of new words.

· Give support and encouragement

· Challenge your child to figure out new words, but always supply the word before he becomes frustrated.

· After your child has read a story, reread it aloud yourself so that he can enjoy it without interruption.

Make reading a priority

· Whether it's 10 minutes after school, before bed or in the morning before school. It helps to set aside a specific time for reading. This kind of special "together time" can go a long way toward getting your child interested in books.

Create the right atmosphere

· Find a quiet comfortable place to listen to your child read. While you don't need to build a special reading nook, it helps to ensure that, even in a busy home, there's a quiet place for reading. This kind of special "together time" can go a long way toward getting your child interested in books.

Make reading fun

· Kids may not get excited about the idea of quiet time spent curled up on the couch. Why not make it fun by turning reading sessions into impromptu theater performances? Play around with funny voices to impersonate animals or unusual characters in stories. You'll get to release some tension, and your child will learn to think of reading as fun rather than work.

Keep reading aloud to your child

· Don't stop reading aloud to your child once he/she learns to read. When you read to your child, you let your child enjoy books that are beyond their independent reading level and build their vocabulary by exposing them to new words. Reading aloud is also a chance for you to model reading smoothly and with expression.