K-4 Language Arts Newsletter

Parent Information for Reading and Writing, Spring 2021

Spring Has Sprung!

The weather is finally warmer and our K-4 readers and writers are starting to bloom at Orchard Hill and Village Elementary. As we enter the final quarter of the 2020-21 schools year, it's a great time to think about ways to continue to support your child as a reader and writer through the rest of the school year and into the summer.

If you're feeling stuck on the best way to go about this, please take the time to watch some (or all!) of this collection of videos from the experts at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. As always, do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher with any questions you have about how to best support your child at home. We're so grateful for our partnership with parents, this year more than ever!

Hook Kids Into Reading With Series!

One of the BEST ways to get students excited about reading is to capture their interest with series books. There are so many amazing and diverse series for K-4 students at a variety of reading levels. Check out this resource with book recommendations at a variety of reading levels. The first 3 columns are appropriate for OHES first graders, K/L/M books are typically appropriate for second graders, N/O/P/Q books are high interest for third and fourth graders and R/S/T books are great for fourth grade students, especially in the second half of the school year. Series books are a fantastic way to hook children into the world of reading, and it is worth the investment of time to find a series that really interests your child. Happy reading!

Authentic Writing...Outdoors!

As the weather continues to warm up, the outdoors provides many great opportunities for authentic reading and writing experiences for our students.

Representation Matters!

"You can't be what you can't see." - Marian Wright Edelman

Our students need to see themselves in the books that they read, as well as characters that come from different backgrounds. We call these books "windows and mirrors" - that are either a window into someone else's experience or a mirror, reflecting your own experience back to you. Both are critical for our students' understanding of perspective.

Please take a look at this collection of BIPOC Authors and Illustrators of Children's Nonfiction and this collection of Chinese-American Children's Authors to provide opportunities for books to serve as either windows or mirrors for your child.

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Grade Level Family Guides

Interested in learning more about how to help your child as a reader and writer? See the grade level guides below from Achieve the Core:

Kindergarten (English)

Kindergarten (Spanish)

Grade 1 (English)

Grade 1 (Spanish)

Grade 2 (English)

Grade 2 (Spanish)

Grade 3 (English)

Grade 3 (Spanish)

Grade 4 (English)

Grade 4 (Spanish)