The children were very excited to take home their first readers today. Unfortunately we can't send home a book if your child doesn't have a folder. Listed below are some important notes to make home reading run smoothly.
1. Readers are exchanged on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure that your child's reading folder is at school on these days. The idea being that the children read the book twice to an adult. The second reading should allow them to read with increased confidence.
2. Parents must record their reading sessions in the journal that is located inside the reading folder. If this is not filled in we will take it that your child has not read the book and will need to have it again.
3. For many children the task of reading is laborious and tricky. We have endeavoured to provide decodable readers that are achievable for your child. Please make sure that all feedback you give your child is positive and encouraging.
4. Your reading session should last no longer than 15 minutes. If your child is not happy to "have-a-go" at reading then please let me know and we can come up with some solutions.
5. Please read the notes inside the orange journal. We are asking parents to ensure that the children are decoding... not guessing what the words are. It is still a good idea to look at the pictures before reading a text to give the children a general idea about what is happening in the text but once they engage in decoding they must do just that ... decode. E.g. c -a - t = cat. Make sure they blend the word before moving onto the next word. Eg Th - e the c - a - t cat s - a - t sat o - n on th-e l-o-g log. This process can be long and arduois but is vitally important.
6. Keep the folders in their bags just in case we want to listen to your child read their book. Help your child to remember to take the folder out of their bag on a Tuesday and Thursday. They will put it in a green basket on our shelf by our door.
Other important points,
- In literature we are presently identifying and discussing the parts of a story. The title, the character, the setting, the problem and the resolution.
- We are also identifying real sentences and sentence fragments as we learn about what makes a sentence a good sentence.
- We will continue to focus on letter formation and pencil grip to ensure that our printing is legible and accurate.
- The children will transfer their decoding knowledge to their writing when completing dictation pieces. They will use their sound hand to identify the sounds in simple words and them write them using their present phonetic knowledge.
- One of our favourite activities this term is Guided Reading. In small groups we are learning to use our decoding skills to find meaning in texts.
- The development of a broad vocabulary is fundamental to strong literacy skills so each week we are investigating some interesting words.
- Strong oral language is integral to strong writing skills. If a child can't say a sentence then they will have great difficulty in writing it. Each week we are taking time to retell stories orally.
Our annual OLC Mission Markets - celebrating Our Lady of the Cape Feast Day - are fast approaching (Friday 21st August - Week 5). Please keep an eye on the blog for what our year level will be hosting/ providing for the day.
PLD Packs - Please have these returned by Tuesday morning.
Library Bags - Please have these returned by Friday morning.
Thank you to the wonderful parents who always have their children organised for these days.
The official rule is.....No library bag... no book! We have helped out the children with out library bags in first semester by providing spare bags but we now ask that all children are organised for Friday library exchange in the future.
Pre-Primary News Roster – Term 3 2020
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Weeks 2/3: Plants. Trees. Flowers. Seeds. Tell us about something you know to do with plants.
Weeks 4/5: My favourite animal is…. because ….. It lives in …….
Weeks 6/7: When my dad was little he….. Interview dad and find out something interesting he did when he was little.
Weeks 8/9: Free Choice.Please try to stick to the suggested topics for news The children are always welcome to share something new or different that has happened in their lives. Photos can be emailed to me and I can project them on the large screen.
Your child should be able to tell
WHAT is it.
WHEN did they get it/do it.
A good news recount would sound like this.
Today I have brought in a bird's nest. I found it when I was walking in the bush with my nanny. The wind must have blown it out of a tree. It is made of ............. I think that a .......... must have built this nest because ...............
I found this very interesting because...........
Have a wonderful week everyone!