Mrs. Bryer's Newsletter
November 5, 2012
The movie they voted to watch was Leapfrog Adventure to the Moon. If you are thinking of stocking stuffers, anything Leapfrog is educational and fun at this age.
Our Mystery Enrichment day was a lot of fun too! We watched a chemistry show in the morning, went on a scavenger hunt, solved riddles, tried to figure out "Who stole the cookies?" and mixed ingredients together to make flubber.
Mixture 1 3/4 cup warm water, food coloring, 1 cup Elmers glue
Mixture 2 1 cup warm water and 2 tablespoons of Borax soap (in the laundry isle)
Possibilities- add glitter for a little sparkle. To work on the fine motor skills add a few small beads that they need to get out of the mix.
Scholastic Book Orders Due Tuesday
Next week I will assess reading levels as well as math skills for this six weeks. Thank you to those who have been practicing counting to 100. Those kids were very excited that they were able to get to 100! Others, are almost there. The goal by the end of the 2nd six weeks is 50.
Homework Skill bag and practiced. These are books we have worked on in class. Your child should be able to read them to you. Remember, beginning reading is memorizing the text. Knowing that the words stay the same, a group of letters is a word, and I run my finger under the words to read. When I get to the end of the words, I am done reading. When your child is reading to you, allow them time to correct errors. They are learning to use their picture clues and listen to what they are reading. Does it make sense? When given the opportunity, they will most likely go back and fix it. If they do not, simply ask if it makes sense.
After I finish assessing, I will send a summary of skills your child can work on during "Homework Time". Working 2-3 times each week for just 10-15 minutes will give them the practice they need.
Some things to remember:
Reading To books should be at a higher reading level but at their comprehension level. These books introduce new vocabulary with some picture support. Children that have a strong vocabulary in relation to their world, often have an easier time learning to read. They are able to use their context clues to figure out unfamiliar words because they know what makes sense.
Reading With books are books your child will begin to pick up and read to you. These are books with high picture support, repetition, and high frequency words for some time. When you child starts reading with you, it is not the time to stop reading to them. It is important that you find time to share the task of reading. Your modeling of fluency (rate at which you read) and expression are important for your child.
Reading By When your child first begins reading to you they will begin by reading the pictures. This is GREAT! Being able to use the pictures in the book to grasp the message from the author/illustrator is important. We practice this through picture walks. We don't even look at the words the first time we look at a book. We walk through and talk about the pictures. When we go back and begin reading, the support layed gives them the skills to make sense of the words.