Take Home Books

We have started our Take Home Book Program! Today, your first grader brought home a just right book to read to you. This book should be easy to read with very few tricky words. This practice of reading just right books is essential for building confidence and excitement about reading. For more tips on how to support your child, look for the Reading at Home paper in the take home bag. Keep this resource handy whenever you read with your child. On the back of the paper are animal strategies for solving tricky words. We will be reintroducing these in the next few weeks. These fun strategies were taught in kindergarten so your child may remember them.

After your child reads these take home books once or twice to you, please help him/her remember to return the books to school in the take home baggie. This is a great way for your first grader to learn responsibility!


How to Help Your Reader

Hello Parents,

Coming home today with your child’s Take Home book is an important resource to help him/her with tricky words. This resource lists some prompts or questions that you can use when reading with your child. These first graders have made amazing progress and right now they need time to practice their reading with you, their reading coach! Use these prompts to nudge your child to figure out tricky words or to identify when something doesn’t sound right. Please make sure that your child is reading every night. This practice is so important for growing great readers! Thank you!!!

Prompts to Use When a Reader is Stuck

End of the Year Assessments

Shannon1It is hard to believe that we are almost done with the school year! Friday was the last day for reading support groups. Next week, I will meet individually with students to evaluate their reading progress. I am amazed by the reading gains that they have made this year. Each student has worked hard on becoming a thoughtful reader. I will be sending home a final reading report on the last day of school. It is so important that you encourage your child to read every day this summer. By continuing this practice, you can help maintain valuable skills learned this year.

Our school library will be open on Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00, throughout June and July. Students can check out 2 WEB books and 2 library books. Please take advantage of this great opportunity!

Reading Challenge

hero-logo-925f98f6794aa5fec76bc5f4db0222f7The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a free online reading program dedicated to stopping the “summer slide” and encouraging kids to read more books during the summer. Now in its 8th year, the Summer Challenge invites kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they Read for the World Record. This is a fun and easy way to have your child read this summer, earning digital rewards and participating in weekly challenges.
Also available for download are age appropriate booklists and a free Reading Timer mobile app ( iTunes and Google Play) for timing and tracking reading minutes. Parents can register their children at this link: Scholastic Summer Challenge: Parents.

Free Book from Barnes & Noble

32901_Summer-Reading_Hero_PUB3The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Club is back! Kids in grades 1-6 can receive a free book from Barnes & Noble by reading 8 books over the summer. They will need to fill out a Summer Reading Journal and bring the journal to a B & N location between May 20st and September 2, 2014 to choose a free book. This is a great opportunity to keep your child reading throughout the summer. I would like to encourage students to choose their 8 books from their reading level. Of course, reading more than 8 books would be fabulous, too! Check my end of the year reading report to find out your child’s level. This report will come home in June.

Happy reading!