The Patrick Henry Post
February 17th, 2023
Happy Valentine's Day, Patrick Henry!
Thank you, Webster University!
Thank you, Loved Ones!
Snack Time, Take 1
Highlight on Reading Intervention
From the Desk of Ms. Evans
· Literacy Focus – It’s All About Winning
o We are focusing on sight words, in order to understand the sounds that letters make when combined to make sight words.
o We host a weekly sight word Bingo Game that rivals any game in Vegas. The air of competition is intense. (It is one of the most effective reading/learning motivators to date. The goal for Bingo includes socialization, and the process of learning, sounding out, and maintaining word construction.
o For my struggling readers, I make take-home sight word anchor charts for home. They put them on their bedroom walls/doors as a reminder to study. This chart also shows parents the level their children fall under in literacy. (I make sure I highlight the grade level on the chart)
o My students understand that when they learn sight words, reading becomes easier, and comprehension excels.
o I have a group of “football boys” in 1st, who are competing to win a “G.O.A.T. compression sleeve. The girls who accomplish this wins an “Elephant and Piggie” book.
o I work with students on letter identification, writing (letter formation), and spelling as well.
o I have a new crop of Noveliers (chapter book readers) this year. They come to Reader’s Row to sit on bean bags, and read.
Students in lower grades are making great strides in reading. They love to see themselves grow, and are happy to tell anyone that they love to read.
My Goal: Promote the Love of Reading
From the Desk of Ms. Byson
February is one of our favorite months for so many reasons... Love is in the air❤️, Black History is all around us✊, and the "Literacy Lounge" is now open for all to enjoy!! Although my reading groups are 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, I have created a space where students of all grades, ages and skills can enjoy learning and working together. We have new books, educational games, and literacy activities - thanks to the Donors Choose Organization. My reading group students are making so much progress. In addition to reading, phonics (sounding out), grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension (deeper understanding), we have also been analyzing articles about African American Heroes. Students are currently working on research projects to honor those from our past and present, who have made great contributions to society. I am so proud of our scholars for all their hard work, best of all they are really proud of themselves!
Reading Ideas for Families
- Read at home, every single night. It sounds simple, and it is! But the more students read, the more they will increase their vocabulary and their reading comprehension. It is important to give children the chance to read a wide variety of books and to choose the books that are the most interesting to them so they enjoy reading.
- Read to your child and let your child read to you. Children need to read aloud to practice their skills, but they also need to hear familiar voices read to them. Reading to your child before bedtime is an excellent way to make sure your child is relaxed and ready for bed and they also get a double dose of books at the same time!
- Make reading fun. A few creative ways to make sure your child enjoys reading: Let your child choose their own books; read together as a family; start a reading competition where you track how many books or pages each child reads; set a goal for the whole family to read a certain number of minutes together in order to "earn" a fun reward like a special dinner or activity; go read at different places (house, park, library); read books that you loved when you were a child; be theatrical with your reading and act it out with funny voices and actions.
- Visit the Central Public Library. This is one of the most beautiful buildings in all of St. Louis, and it is less than 1 mile from Patrick Henry! They have an incredible Children's section, Young Adult section, and even a media lab with specialized technology that is free and open to the public. This place provides a great and free way to spend your weekends! Click here for the Central Public Library's Website, or visit in person at 1301 Olive Street, 63103.