Monday, October 8, 2012

What's New Newsletter October 8 - 12, 2012

What’s New in One and Two?

   Week of October 8 – 12, 2012

*Reminders – NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 8 – Thanksgiving

                    - Permission slips for MTYP Field Trip on Tuesday, October 16

                    - Scholastic Book orders due on Friday, October 12


HOMEWORK                                                                                                                                      The homework will be coming home today instead of the usual Monday.  The children only have four days to complete it this week.  It is due on Friday and the grade two spelling test is on Friday as usual. 

The spelling lists that we have been working on so far should be review words from grade one (sight words and word families).  At the end of October we’ll look at how each child has done and start some students in a more challenging spelling program, depending upon where they will be most successful.   

READING                                                                                                                                   I know that many children (and parents) are eager move up the alphabet into harder level books as quickly as possible.  Trying to read books that are too challenging does not help your child learn to read but instead causes problems.  A “just right” Goldilocks book is one that your child can read with at least 95% to 98% accuracy to start with.  Reading is more than just de-coding words.  They also need to be able to re-tell the story with details, answer comprehension questions, and make personal connections to the story.  As well, they need to work on reading aloud with expression, fluency, correct phrasing, rhythm and following punctuation.  They also need to enjoy and comprehend what they are reading.  Please read and re-read the small beginner books on more than one night to practice the other important reading skills.

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