March 17, 2017
Our school year is full steam ahead and by now, your child should be bringing their take home folder home with them. Reading at home is fundamentally important to children’s literacy development and it is crucial that you partake in this routine with your child every day.
During reading lessons, teachers expose children to a variety of text types, allowing them to expand their vocabulary and concept knowledge.
This, in turn, is best achieved by allowing the children to read extensively within a particular level before moving on to the next.
From time to time you may feel that your child is ready to move onto the next level. Feel confident that his/her classroom teacher is carefully monitoring your child, observing whether he/she is empolying appropriate strategies such as:
- Self correcting when meaning is lost
- Rereading to confirm, search, maintain meaning, or to self-correct
- Reading on after an unknown word to search for more clues about the word, etc.
Take home books provide opportunities for the children to practise their reading skills with ease and enjoyment, promoting expressive and fluent reading.
Always make reading time with your child a positive, interactive time, rewarding their efforts.
On the inside cover of your child’s take home folder, there is detailed information on how to read with your child to ensure it is a positive and rewarding experience for you both.
In addition to that, it is recommended to ask your child a range of questions with each book they bring home and read, to further extend their understanding and reading skills. Below are some questions you can ask your child during and after they have read their book.
||What else can you tell me about so-and-so?
Who else was in the story besides the characters you’ve mentioned?
||What else happened in the story?
What happened after such-and-such?
Where/when did such-and-such happen?
How did such-and-such happen?
||Why do you think such-and-such happened?
What was so-and-so’s main problem?
||How did you feel when such-and-such happened?
What do you think the author might have been trying to tell us in the story?
||Where/when did the story take place?
How was this important to the story?
||What do you think would happen next? What makes you think that?
Please keep in mind that reading at home is meant to be easy, to maintain confidence, ensure a feeling of success and importantly build fluency so that they are good readers. If you are having concerns about reading with your child at home feel free to make an appointment and to discuss these with your classroom teacher.
What’s happening in Maths in Year 1 at Laburnum this week?
It is literally hands on, as we have been using our hands and even our feet and eyes to learn skip counting.
What is skip counting? Think about counting by fives (a hand), tens (our feet), and twos (our eyes). Now think about counting by sevens or twelves. Now think about counting backwards from 100 by fours. This is skip counting. Skip counting is critical to having a great number sense. It develops fluency in calculation and provides great opportunities for children to put on their detective eyes and find patterns.
We have also started learning about ‘Probability’. The students have discussed the chances of an event happening. Some of the language that we have been using is listed here:
- Very likely
- Very unlikely
What are the chances you will have a wonderful weekend? Hopefully we all do for certain.
Have a restful weekend,
The Year One Team