Literacy at Home

 
                                  
 
"Students are made readers on the laps of their parents." ~Emilie Buchwald
 

Writing:

 

At this age, inventive writing is very important. It isn’t necessary they have to spell words correctly, but to be able to hear and sound words out, even if it’s just the first and last letter of a word. We want them to feel confident so that they will have more courage to take risks while they write using their awesome imaginations. In the mornings when we do our morning messages, we discuss capitalization and punctuations. This is an ongoing skill that we will be learning through the year.

 

At home have your child take some sticky notes and label around the house or have him/her help make your grocery list or a menu for dinner. Encourage inventive spelling and that they are great writers!!
 
 
 

  

 

Reading:

 

Students have learned about different parts of a book.  Cover, Title, Title Page, Author and Illustrator.
 
Story Elements students can identify and discuss: Characters, Setting, Beginning, Middle, End, Problem & Solution.
 
We read Nonfiction texts to learn new information and facts about real things.
Text Features of Nonfiction: Headings, Photographs, Contents, Glossary, Index, Captions
 
Smart Readers not only decode text, but also think about what they are reading. We have been working on the lesson learned in the story, the theme of a text, making connections to a story, identifying a favorite part and why we like that part as well as retelling what happened in the story with details. Any book talk is important when reading together!!
 
When reading with your child, have him or her make a prediction, retell the story, pick a favorite or make a connection to the story. These are great ways to reinforce comprehension skills!
 

  

Here are a few resources you can use at home: