Friday, 23 September 2016

Home Reading Program Begins

Dear Children and Families,

Thank you so much for coming out to the Open House last night!

We were very glad to meet all of you. Our next scheduled parent teacher interviews take place in December.  We are available via email and phone so please don't hesitate to contact either of us should you have any questions prior to December.   403 777 6267.

Home Reading
Children have now received their home reading bags with instructions for you, a recording sheet and a book to read.  Books can be exchanged daily or as needed.  Home reading books are for
reading practice.  Your child should be able to read their home reading book independently with relative ease.  The home reading program is to reinforce skills taught at school, and to foster and enjoyment of books.  Please contact Ms MacMillan or Ms Collins if you have any questions about the home reading program.

Children have received their Raz-Kids log-in and password (on a small slip of paper in the home reading bag).  This internet program is also for reading practice.

Power Words
We will be focusing on 5 words per week.  The words chosen are based on "sight words", or high frequency words that are seen most often in print and used most often in writing.  The purpose of teaching these Power Words is to highlight words that make us Powerful readers and writers.  We want the students to be able to read and spell these words easily.  We will work with these words daily at school and you are welcome to practice them at home.  We will include these words in our blog entries so you know what we are focusing on.

It is important for children in grade 1 and grade 2 to practice reading daily to develop their skills as readers.  We provide a very challenging academic environment for students during their school day, so we recommend a maximum of 15-20 minutes spent reading and/or practicing power words at home per day.  It is very important for children to have a break, relax and enjoy extra-curricular activities and family time after their busy day at school.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Reading!

Ms MacMillan and Ms Collins

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