ES Feb 26

Dear Parents,

Thank you for engaging with your children to understand how and what they are learning.  We are so incredibly grateful to see them grow in so many ways!

You have seen the power of reading in our learning environments and how rich our classroom libraries are.  Our approach to literacy is aligned PK - 5 and we use a workshop model where students’ habits and attitudes set the foundation for skill building.  Reading is a foundational skill for sure and we ask you to reflect on how you partner with your child to role model and encourage the love for reading and development of this life-time skill. 

So, stop by our library and select some books to take with you on the break!

What you can do at home:
The power of reading at home is immense, not only due to the additional practice that children get, but also because of the important connections that are built around reading.  Reading with your child opens up possibilities for bonding, strengthening communication, imagining, laughing and growing together.  Regardless of their age, all children benefit from read alouds and conversations around books.  

Thinking of how many times we use reading in our daily lives  (when you arrive at an airport, you read when you look up directions on your phone, you read when you send or recieve an email, you read when you take an online course) helps us realize that reading is everywhere and it mandates much of what we do every day.  

Because of the importance of reading daily, we ask that every single one of our students reads every day and we appreciate parents’ support helping them fulfill the agreement we made at the  beginning of the school year, which involves making time and encouraging our children to read the books brought in the RED bags (and others if they want to!) daily.

Please find below some tips and information about reading.   The complete article can be found at: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/how-can-i-improve-my-childs-reading

What does research say about ways parents can help their children with reading?
The following suggestions have been beneficial to many parents:

  • Provide a good role model — read yourself and read often to your child.
  • Provide varied reading material — some for reading enjoyment and some with information about hobbies and interests.
  • Encourage activities that require reading — for example, cooking (reading a recipe), constructing a kite (reading directions), or identifying an interesting bird's nest or a shell collected at the beach (using a reference book).
  • Establish a reading time, even if it is only ten minutes a day.
  • Write notes to your school-age child; encourage written responses.
  • Ask your child to bring a library book home to read to a younger sibling or relative.
  • Establish one evening a week for reading (instead of television viewing).
  • Encourage your child in all reading efforts.

Thank you for helping your child to become a stronger reader!  It is one of the most precious gifts you can give him/her.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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