April Literacy and Learning News


Read about it! Talk about it! Think about it!

We want to have many ways and opportunities for our children to build understanding - the ultimate goal of reading!

One avenue that often gets less consideration is talk. Academic conversations - conversations that build on ideas, that challenge and encourage thinking, as well as helping students learn to listen and take turns - can be crucial to learning. Talking gives students an opportunity to try out new ideas on an audience. They can test theories of understanding and learn to build and adapt those theories as they grow and refine their understanding. Lively conversations can expose students to new vocabulary and provide chances to use this vocabulary. You can encourage children to elaborate by saying, 'Tell me more about that', or What makes you think that? The idea of having a conversation to build thinking is, in some ways easy, because you don't need any materials, you can be physically doing other things (as long as the task doesn't require too much of your attention.) Parents can help facilitate conversations in the car, while making dinner, or even when doing routine household chores. The next time your children are talking and talking know that they may be doing a lot of learning as well!

More ideas and tips to encourage reading!

Links for reading suggestions: tips for parents and book lists to try

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/reading-tips-parents-third-graders This is the article from which I adapted my suggestions.

http://www.adlit.org/article/23399/ This link has suggestions for parents of 4th through 12th grade.

https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/book-reviews-and-recommendations-preteen-and-tween-ages-9-12 book reviews and recommendations for 9 - 12-year-olds.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/best-book-series-for-tweens book series recommendations for 9 - 12-year-olds.

Murray Park's Schoolwide Title 1 Plan update and wrting

As a Schoolwide Title 1 program, we have goals to help support all of our students, teachers, and families. Each year we evaluate our goals as a school. How have we moved toward meeting our goals? Do the current goals represent the needs in our school, or should they be edited? We want to involve parents in the evaluation and reaffirmation of our goals. Please watch for details coming this Spring to be part of this process. We value your input.

Jill Puhlmann-Becker, Reading Specialist RASD