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    Talking About Reading

    When I am asked, "How can I help my child become a better reader?"  My answer is simple: PRACTICE.  This applies to all areas of life.  You become a better musician through practice, a better athlete through practice, a better reader through practice. As part of their daily home-school connection my fourth graders read for 20 minutes per night. In addition, parents should read aloud to their children.  I'd also like to request that parents talk with their children about their reading, asking questions about characters, setting, problem/solution, and themes or lessons. It's not enough for a child's eyes to pass over the words. Reading is thinking and parents can help children develop comprehension skills.  


    Reading Calendar
    An October Reading calendar was sent home Tuesday, October 1, 2019.. The calendars are provided to help your child focus on INDEPENDENT and sustained reading daily.  I have asked for 20 minutes, however research shows that 60+ minutes of sustained reading is best for helping with fluency, comprehension, word recognition, and better word pronunciation.  The calendar helps me to know that your child is indeed putting in that practice by you, as a parent, initialing the fact that your child has put in a minimum of at least 20 minutes.


    Google Classroom

    While I do post most of the classwork on Google Classroom, please understand that I am POSTING it there as well as your child copying it into his/her daily planner.  Some work is done IN Google Classroom, however some work is done in subject folders, composition books, and workbooks.  This technology is a piece of what we do daily in class, it is NOT our classwork in its entirety.  I am trying to have our classroom move into the future while still maintaining the familiar (particularly to my parents).  Paper copies are becoming prohibitive and your child's work is stored and can be accessed more easily and as often as is necessary electronically.



    Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA)

    This is what the kids refer to as AMPLIFY in their planners and in Google Classroom.  The series in new to our county this year.  With each unit (there are 6) your child will be given a workbook and there is a set of class readers.  At the end of each unit, I will be sending home your child's workbook.  Since we cannot complete all the pages, there is plenty of practice work in the workbooks for your child that they can use at home for extra practice.  


    Work Folders

    Please check your child’s work folder each Thursday, and sign and return the folder by Friday.



    Class Dojo

    Thank you for becoming a part of Class Dojo.  This is a wonderful "real time" communication tool.  You can check on your child's progress and behavior as well as messages from me.  If you have not yet joined (there are just a very few of you left), please let me know if you need information to become part of our class communication.



    IXL Language Arts


    As I explained to my students, once they reach 85%, this will show mastery and they may move onto another skill.  They are given time in class to complete all these skills, however some students still have not completed them.