Daily Home Learning Activities – Something New Every Day!

  • Sunday, June 7: Reading Tip

    Posted by Susan Dale on 6/7/2020 7:00:00 AM


    Pete's Lunch


    Books for beginning readers have pictures designed to help your child understand the story.


       Before you start reading, look at all the pictures in the book. Talk with your child about what the story might be about.


       For instance:  You can tell from looking at the cover of "Pete's Big Lunch" that this book is both about lots of food and also Pete the Cat.



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  • Saturday, June 6: More Tips to Help Your Child Learn to Read

    Posted by Susan Dale on 6/6/2020 7:30:00 AM


    Learn about all kinds of animals


    It is never too early to begin reading aloud to your child. Even infants learn the sounds, rhythms, and patterns of language as they sit on your lap, listen to your voice, and watch your face as you speak.

       The benefits of reading aloud are many! Your child will improve memory retention, and hear language patterns that are not part of his or her everyday life.

       Don’t read too fast! Give your child time to absorb the pictures, the vocabulary, and the concepts of the story.

       Read every day. Carve out a consistent time to read with your child, like before dinner or at bedtime. This will help your child develop good reading habits.

       Make shared reading a fun experience for your child. Set up a reading outing. Bring your child to a café, order a hot chocolate, and read together.

       Find a place to read that will help your child focus. Turn off the television, radio, cell phone, and computer.

       Make reading a tactile experience. Trace letters in the sand. Use magnetic letters, wooden blocks, or press-on letters when working with your child on letters and letter sounds.

       Encourage your child to learn about symbols like insignias on cars, bulls-eyes, and those famous golden arches. Understanding symbols will pave the way for learning letters!

       Help your child learn the names of the letters and the sounds the letters make by turning it into a game. For example, “I’m thinking of an object that starts with the ‘mmm’ sound.” Give your child points for any word that starts with M.



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  • Saturday, June 6: Reading Tip

    Posted by Susan Dale on 6/6/2020 7:00:00 AM


    Read to Dog


    Reading Tip:  Have your child read to the dog. No kidding!


       Dogs are good, nonjudgmental listeners—so are stuffed animals, if you don’t have a pet.



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  • Friday, June 5: Please Take This Survey About Next School Year!

    Posted by Susan Dale on 6/5/2020 2:35:00 PM


    Kids with Books


    Hello, Parents & Guardians!


       Our school needs your opinion now so we can determine what the next school year will look like. We must know if you will send your children to school or want to continue distance learning.


       Please complete a separate survey for each child you have enrolled in any of the MCPS schools. For example, if you have a child in elementary, middle, and high school, then fill out the survey three times.


       The survey is only 6 questions and takes about one minute of time. It begins today and is available through 5 PM on Friday, June 19.


       Follow this link:   Parent & Guardian Survey for Next School Year


    Thank you so much!


    Happy weekend to you & your family!



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  • Friday, June 5: 61 Books to Read to Your Child

    Posted by Susan Dale on 6/5/2020 7:00:00 AM

    One of the most important things you can do for your child is reading to them and helping them learn to read. As you do this together, you’ll make reading a positive, joyful experience, and your child will become a successful student!


    Here are two links to Youtube videos of books read aloud to start your child on their successful reading journey!   


    (Click on the pictures to read these video books –– more than 61 of them!)

    Set 1


    Toddler Books



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  • Thursday, June 4: Why Read to Your Child Every Day?

    Posted by Susan Dale on 6/4/2020 7:00:00 AM


    Reading to the Animals


    This summer vacation, create an interest for reading in your child by reading to him or her, starting a home library, visiting your local library or bookstore on a regular basis, letting your child see you reading by yourself, and talking about books that each of you enjoy.

    When reading with your child, stop and ask questions to be sure your child is understanding what you are reading to him or her. Talk about the letters in the words, the sounds the letters make, and the shapes, colors, and objects in the pictures. Make it fun –– so it's okay to be silly!

    Reading with your child, even babies, is an important part of developing a good reader, building a lifelong love of reading and learning, and creating a loving relationship between you and your child.

    Try to spend at least 20 minutes reading to your child each day. Bedtime is a super time to read stories!  Happy reading!



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  • Monday, June 1: Scissor Skills –– How to Improve

    Posted by Susan Dale on 6/1/2020 12:30:00 PM

    Scissor Skills


    On our class webpage earlier today, I suggested a number of skills to work on this summer with your child to get ready for when school starts again.  One of the skills is to be able to use scissors pretty well.


       This skill is what we call a "fine motor skill." Fine motor skills are what a child does with his or her fingers, hands, and wrists. Cutting on lines also improves his or her "perception skills." Having good perception skills helps children write words along a line and stay within the lines while coloring or painting.

       There is no better way to improve than to practice, practice, practice. Start by cutting straight lines & fringing. Then, as your child gets better & better, try zig-zags and angles, then curves & circles.

       Your goal is for your child to be able to cut with one hand, while holding & turning the paper with the other. This will be hard at first, but necessary to keep practicing to get ready for kindergarten.

       Here are examples of lines you can draw on paper for him or her to follow while cutting.


       Visit our class webpage for more:  https://www.marionschools.net/Page/79223



    Scissor skills - Curves  Angles & zigzags  Fringing



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  • Monday, June 1: Storybook for Bedtime –– Twinkle, Twinkle, I Love You!

    Posted by Susan Dale on 6/1/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Is there a better storybook to read at bedtime than this one?  It is my favorite book of all time to give your child a night filled with sweet dreams of the love that you have for him or her!


         (click on little bear to read this storybook)

    Twinkle I Love You



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  • Monday, June 1: Storytime –– Pete the Cat Goes to the Beach

    Posted by Susan Dale on 6/1/2020 8:00:00 AM

    On his summer vacation from school, Pete the Cat goes to the ocean beach with his brother Bob & their mom. Bob loves to go in the water, but Pete is a little bit afraid of it. Pete plays on the beach until he discovers that the ocean isn't only cooler, but it can be even more fun than the sand.

         Read the whole story to find out what Pete learns to do with his brother Bob!  They have so much fun!

         Ask your child to retell you this cute and simple story. Have him or her tell you what they would like to do at the ocean beach. Would they like to do what Pete learns to do from his brother Bob?


    (click on Pete the Cat to read this book)

    Pete at the Beach



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  • Monday, June 1: Storybook –– Summer Vacation!

    Posted by Susan Dale on 6/1/2020 7:30:00 AM

     Today is the last day of school!  What are you planning to do for summer vacation?  Maybe, your child can get some good ideas by reading this nice little book! 


    (click on any child to read this book)

    Summer Vacation



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