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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Building Your Child's Reading Life-November 22, 2016

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

We want kids to love reading! A sure way to nurture this love is to make sure books are readily available. As you prepare for the upcoming break from school (Nov. 23-28), make sure your child is ready to read.  Here are some suggestions.

* Check out E-books through the library.
* Enjoy audiobooks from the library or
* If you spend time with extended family or friends, encourage others to share favorite books with kids.
* Read aloud the first chapter of a book you think your child might enjoy.
* Challenge your child to read a book series before the end of winter break.
* Make sure your child’s nightstand always has a stack of “to read next” books and keep a list of books to read next.
* Stow a non-fiction book in every backpack and glove compartment so interesting material is always at hand in a book emergency. National Geographic Kids Almanacs are full of fun facts and can be ready in any order.
* Have a composition notebook on hand. This is a handy tool for capturing ideas about books.

Getting kids hooked on books can be as simple as finding just the right book or as difficult as finding just the right book. Over the years, I’ve noticed successful strategies getting kids hooked on books.

* Read aloud to your child. From chapter books to picture books and a wide-range of non-fiction text, saturate children with the flow of language.
* Take advantage of the marketing dollars bookstores have invested. Teach kids how to enjoy a bookstore visit without breaking the bank. Look at the covers of different books since so many are displayed cover-side out. When you visit the bookstore, make a list of books or authors you’d like read. Find “if you like this, you might also like…” displays and make notes. Remind children that books cost money and have value. Make a list of all the books that seem appealing, then head to the library.
* Visit bookstores when you travel. From airport stores to tiny musty, dusty shops in seaside towns, there are always treasures to be enjoyed!
* Remember that the MOST important part of reading is understanding what was read. Talking, writing, and thinking about the text can develop literal, inferential and evaluative comprehensions at different levels.

Maximizing Time

As we come upon our short months and holiday season, we are working to make every minute of the instructional time we have count. Because our teachers are charged with making sure that ALL children are on the trajectory for College and Career success, we need to closely monitor the progress of our students. We study data, plan interventions, design extensions, learn from one another and grow as adult learners so we can better meet the needs of our students.

Helping our students to see that we are beginning with the end in mind can be a challenge. Sometimes kids say they need to do well in school so that they can be ready to get a good job later in life but in reality, they need to do well today, so that they will be ready for tomorrow’s lesson, since each one builds on the next. This careful balance of thinking about them when they are 25, while planning for tomorrow, is important work. It’s complicated and challenging and very rewarding!!! I feel lucky to be in such an exciting profession! Thank you for sharing your children with us!

There is no school on November 23, 24 and 25 because of Thanksgiving. Students will not come to school on November 28 because it’s a teacher grading day. Please note that Report Cards will be sent home with students on Monday, December 5. Please note date change.  Happy reading!

With thankfulness and appreciation,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
a.k.a. Dr. C.-B.

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