K-4 Language Arts Newsletter
Parent Information for Reading and Writing, Spring 2021
Spring Has Sprung!
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!
Give your child a notebook or paper and a clipboard and encourage them to record their observations about the world around them. What can they see, hear, smell, touch? For older students, they might consider what patterns they notice in nature and make predictions about what might cause those patterns.
Tiny Topics Notepad
A tiny topics notepad is a great way to collect small ideas to inspire poetry. Children can jot down what they notice... a tiny caterpillar stomping across a leaf, a butterfly fluttering its wings, clouds in unusual shapes. These small observations can become springboards for original poetry.
Get Outside with a Good Book
There are many benefits to being outdoors, from a daily dose of Vitamin D and fresh air to improving mood and focus. Springtime provides a great opportunity to close the Chromebook and get outside with a good book.
Tiny Topics Notepad
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.