Mrs. Bouse's News

Friday, October 9th, 2015

No School Monday, October 12th for Students

Book It Begins!

Reading is the heart of education and the only way to get better at it is to do it. So, with the help of the BOOK IT!® Program, our class will be “reading our hearts out” for the next six months. Here is how we can raise a reader together:

* Each month, I will send home a calendar for your child to log at least 15-20 minutes of reading a day. (You can read to your child, with your child, or allow your child to read to you).

* I will read aloud in class, show my passion for reading and basically be a walking book report to instill a love of reading in your child!

* When the goal is met, I will celebrate the achievement by recognizing your child with a Pizza Hut certificate in front of the whole class! They will also receive an end of the year award certificate for completing their reading log each month! We have a chart in the classroom that I will track each child's reading success with. They will be able to SEE their progress!

CD Players For Our Classroom

Every day we have two scheduled learning centers. Learning centers provide children with multiple opportunities to practice and apply the skills they are learning in the classroom. The activities are designed to reinforce literacy skills that children are just beginning to acquire. In Kindergarten, we set up centers employing either independent seat work such as worksheets and manipulatives, computer literacy and math skills, or peer work group activities such as reading books to each other and playing games. Once I have designed the instructional tasks, the children are expected to independently manage themselves and complete the tasks individually or with peers while I work one-on-one with a group.

I would LOVE to purchase at least four CD players for our center time activities. The students would be using the CD players to listen to stories while following along with the corresponding book. Hearing a book read on tape helps them see how the words on the page can come alive in an expressive way. It helps them focus on the sounds of the words read without interruption and provides a model of fluent reading. Audio books also give them an important introduction to listening - a skill that they must master in order to be a good reader!

If you would be interested in donating money to help fund the CD players, please let me know or send in the amount you would like to donate (label the envelope CD players). Every dollar counts! The cheapest I have found CD players is $17-20 each.

Rainbow Wall News

Congratulations to the following students for mastering their sight words this week and earning a place on the Rainbow Wall:

RED: Haya Almadhi

ORANGE: Lela Burnham
YELLOW: Cheyenne Requena

BLUE: Royce Hayes
PURPLE: Royce Hayes
PINK: Royce Hayes

Way to go! Keep practicing so we can reach the end of the rainbow!