June 11, 2023
Thank you for making this a great year working together to support your child’s progress in reading and math. We know that a sequential phonics plan and small group instruction with lots of individual practice provides our EBE reader with needed support in learning to read. For our math students, we know that working with foundational math skills in small groups using manipulatives, visual and numeric representations provides our EBE mathematicians with needed support in making sense of math and numbers. Our Title/LAP team here at EBE wishes you a wonderful summer and we look forward to working together again in the fall. We will continue to monitor and provide support services for students that need extra help. Thanks for your support!
Tricia, Sherri, Kathy, Stacy, Marci and Vicki
End our Year
Our Title/LAP services ended on Friday, 6/9. Our monitoring data will be provided with your child’s Progress Report. We are also sending home your child’s student workbooks and decodable passage book (gr 1-4) that they can use to practice over the summer. Each passage corresponds to a specific skill that was taught. We did not get to all the passages in the books so some skills might need further support from you. Most skills have been taught in the regular classrooms over the course of the year.
It was an exciting year for our mathematicians as we began to roll out Math Intervention groups in grades 3 and 5. We targeted foundational skills using manipulatives, drawings, and numerical representations. Groups were flexible and lasted approximately 8 sessions. Student ownership and accountability were a rewarding piece of the project. Thanks to those families who experienced our refinement of family communication with entering and exiting Title students. More to come on this exciting opportunity for our Gr 1-5 students in the fall as the project goes schoolwide.
Support at Home
Here are several new articles to support reading at home over the summer.
Summer Learning Side-by-Side
Building Background Knowledge
Summer Literacy Challenge
7 Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Writing over the summer
1. Write a “Convince Me! letter: You can help your child practice this type of writing by letting them argue with you – in writing! Choose a topic you don’t agree on, such as allowance or bedtime. Have them write you a letter trying to convince you to change your mind. Use facts, quotes & logic to back up their argument.
2. Play a Game with Pictures: Photos and images are great story sparkers. Choose a few interesting images from the internet or magazines. As your child to write about one of them. Include what they see, what they think and what will happen next.
3. Play “Tell Me How”: Pretend your child is writing to a space alien who doesn’t know anything about our culture. They will do exactly what is written. Choose an everyday task and and have them write step by step directions.
4. Make an “I Can” book: Staple together a bunch of blank sheets to make a book. As your child reaches a new milestone, they can draw a picture and write about what they accomplished.
5. Play “Fortunately/Unfortunately”: This is a writing game where each event is introduced back and forth with the words Fortunately or Unfortunately. Pass the paper back and forth and add to the story until the story is too silly to continue.
6. Make a Journal Jar: A journal doesn’t have to be a diary. It can be about ideas and answers to questions. Wash and decorate a wide-mouthed jar, then write prompts on slips or paper. Ask your child to pull out one prompt each day and write about it.
7. Create a Family Scrapbook: Use an inexpensive photo album to keep souvenirs together. Your child can begin writing with a date and a line about where you were or what you did. Then you can work together to write a more detailed summary of the event.