A Life filled with Literacy
A newsletter for Saint Anne School (Feb. 2018)
By: Angie Bush and Nicole Hughes
Books about Family
February is a month that celebrates love. This makes it the perfect time to read books about FAMILIES. Turn the cold weather into a reason to stay inside and read with your children. Even if you are not reading the same book, time spent reading different books TOGETHER is very special family bonding time.
Numerous studies have proven that the most important predictor of academic success is the number of books students read during their education. Reading with (or even just at the same time) as your children helps strengthen their reading skills and also your bond as a family.
Check out our suggestions below to choose the perfect book to share with your children.
Suggestions for Books about Family
Guess How Much I Love You (Preschool- 1st)
An endearing nursery game is beautifully revitalized in this comforting, sleepy-time picture book. . . . There's not a wrong note in this tender tale, which should become an endearing bedtime favorite — right up there with Goodnight Moon.
—Booklist (starred review).
The Relatives Came to Visit (preschool-2nd)
A delightful story about summer vacations, about travel by car, love, laughter, and family.
Save Me a Seat (3rd-7th)
The phrase "save me a seat" is a life preserver, four words that can make a kid feel safe in a sea of strangers. The story is told from two different points of view: Ravi, who just moved from India, is adjusting to his new American life, and Joe, who has long been a student at Albert Einstein Elementary and is acclimating to a new grade without his best friends.
Farmer Boy (3rd-8th)
While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. This is Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of how her husband Almanzo grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived.
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (Family Read-Aloud)
This is the kind of heartwarming story that you want to jump inside and become a part of the community. When the Vanderbeekers receive notice that they have to move out of their beloved New York apartment right after Christmas, the children take action. They decide to befriend the mysterious and curmudgeonly landlord, Mr. Beiderman, in hopes of inspiring him with a change of heart.
Literacy in action at SAS
Chess is a game of skill and strategy. Our 4th graders spent time in library learning to play this classic thinking game.
Our 5th graders complete a research project each year. Each student chooses a state and researches it thoroughly to create a writing and technology project.
Middle School Video Clips
Learning about orcas
Our 3rd and 4th graders combined reading, writing, science, and technology during a mini unit on orcas. Students read about orcas and responded (different color for each question).
Live talk with an Orca
As a culmination for these lessons, the 3rd and 4th graders had the chance to Skype with an ACTUAL orca and trainer. They loved the experience of seeing the orca in real time and being able to ask an expert questions.