We’re off to a great start this year! Progress reports come out this week, and room 206 has been hard at work assessing our skills, building our reading stamina, writing personal narratives, and exploring the life cycle of plants.
We’ve also dug into our new, common-core aligned math curriculum, discovering that the reading and writing skills we’re working on during literacy are just as important during math! Of course the best way to get better at anything is to practice, practice, practice! and reading is no different.
Your student is expected to read for at least a half-hour at home every night, including the weekends. Hearing the words is just as important as reading them, so ask your student to read their books out loud! Making reading a family practice by reading out loud to each other will go a long way, especially for students who are transitioning from Spanish to English. If Spanish is the primary language in your home, trade off reading in English and Spanish! Read your favorite story in Spanish, and then ask your student to read theirs in English. That way, your student will build their English literacy skills without losing their Spanish.
Speaking of words, your student should be bringing home their Words Their Way word sorts to practice. One great activity is to look for their words (or words with the same pattern) in the books they are reading.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me! I am available before and after school nearly every day.Great things are always happening at Barry—especially in room 206!!!