Students will read 3-6 sets of Baggie Books at a level. The level should be challenging, but not too difficult. They should need to figure out a few words in each book. If the set is way too easy, or much to hard, send me a note. We are still trying to find the just right book level, and your input is greatly appreciated!
It may take a few days to return the set, that is ok. Please try to make time to read at least two sets each week.
Student will use Raz-Kids at school, but they can also use it at home! Just connect through the Students Tab, and your child can Login and READ! If you would like access to their Raz-Kids success, go to the Parents Tab and fill out the Raz-Kids Registration form. I will enter your email address on Raz-Kids, and you will be able to access your child's reading reports!
I only have this program until November, so let's use it every chance we can until then!
Accelerated Reader (AR)
MANY students are not ready for AR testing until January or February of first grade. Students need to log onto the program, read and understand the questions, and answer correctly in an independent manner. This process takes many skills beyond reading a book, and parents should not be concerned if their child is not yet taking AR tests. I will teach the students these skills throughout the year.
How Much Do We Read?
Students should have a special place to keep books they are familiar with reading. It can be a shoe box, a magazine holder, or a zip bag. I will occasionally send home little paper books for them to keep, and the books can go there. It is good for a child to read familiar books over and over, and they can read these books independently, which builds up their confidence!
I will begin adding Reading Strategies each week to help you read with your child at home. It does not matter if it is a Baggie Book, Raz-Kids, a library book, or an AR Book...just make sure it is a good fit for your child, and Read, Read, Read, Read, Read, Read, Read, Read, Read, Read!
We are also using our math journals to answer tough questions about math. Students are working hard to complete their journals, and they are thinking about math in a real world way! I am very proud of them!
Please do not panic if you don't see worksheets in your child's folder each night. Math is often completed in a journal. Most of what we are learning is not done on a worksheet, so you will not see many coming home.
Student journals will be sent home at the end of each trimester for you to keep. Students will be referring back to their work often, and need to keep it at school.
If you would like to attend the field trip, you will need to complete the Volunteer Forms and submit to the office two weeks prior to the trip. Also, please let me know if you would like to attend. I will need 6 to 8 volunteers.