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The Power of Reading at Home

Parents hear a lot about what they need to do to support learning at home - and it can be overwhelming - especially when you add on the demands of family life and outside of school activities/practices... If you wonder what it is that is most important to do at home, research shows that reading to/with your child is the single most important thing a parent can do to help their child's education.

Join us Tuesday at Family Literacy Night(6:00-7:15) for fun, interactive literacy activities and ideas for ways you can support literacy at home. While you're there - check out the Book Fair to build your child's at home library!

Here's a great article on helping your child at home

Check out the graphic below to see just how powerful ensuring your child reads 20 minutes a day is...

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Curriculum Connections

Children learn a lot about literacy through play. They may imitate adults by making marks on paper. Soon the marks turn into written messages that give children a sense of identity and accomplishment. Here are the broad developmental stages through which young children travel on their way to becoming writers:

  1. Writing through drawing - Children use drawing to stand for writing. They are working out the relationship between drawing and writing, and use the drawing to communicate specific ideas.

  2. Writing through scribbling - Children begin to scribble, mimicking adult writing by trying to hold a pencil correctly, and moving from left to right on the page.

  3. Writing using letter-like forms - Shapes in the children’s writing look like letters, but they are not correctly formed.

  4. Writing using letter strings - Children begin to write the letters from frequently-seen words, such as their names. The children may change the order of the letters as they write.

  5. Writing using invented spelling - Children attempt to write more words, creating their own spelling for words they haven’t learned. Sometimes the words overlap and are not properly spaced. This stage lasts a long time. As the children’s writing matures, more and more words will be spelled correctly and the spacing improves.

  6. Writing using conventional spelling - Children’s writing at this stage resembles adult writing.

Whatever stage of writing your children are in, encourage them to write about whatever they want, in any format that appeals to them. Colorful paper, markers, and colored pencils will make them more likely to want to write. Validate their efforts at each stage as they develop into writers by asking your children to read their writing to you.


Leader in Me - Habit 3

Put First Things First

means to decide what is most important and to take care of that 1st. Thinking about what needs to be done tomorrow or by the end of the week can be overwhelming, especially for children. Learning to think of which things are the most important and taking care of them 1st allows children(and adults) to be less stressed. If your child uses a planner at school, then he or she has a great organizational tool to Put First Things First in writing. By writing down his or her responsibilities and planning ahead, last-minute trips to the store, missed events, or missed homework are avoided. If your child does not use a planner, having a weekly log would also be helpful. This could simply be a piece of paper that is used each week. Modeling this behavior is one of the best ways to teach children

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday
  • Book Fair Preview Day for students

Tuesday

  • 5:00 - PTA Pizza/Book Fair Family Event
  • 5:30 - PTA Meeting
  • 6:00-7:15 - Reed Family Literacy Night

Wednesday

  • PTA Soup for the Soul event for teachers

Thursday

  • THANKSGIVING FEAST

2nd Grade - 10:30 - 11:00 - MPR

Kindergarten - 11:00 - 11:30 - Cafeteria
3rd Grade - 11:30 - 12:00 - MPR
PK (afternoon only) - 11:45 - 12:15
1st Grade - 12:00 - 12:30 - Cafeteria
4th Grade - 12:20 - 12:50 - MPR
5th Grade - 12:45 - 1:15 - Cafeteria


November 23-27 - SCHOOL HOLIDAY