Friday, 23 December 2016

Let’s do some Reading over the Winter Break!

Let’s do some Reading over the Winter Break!

We all know that children need to read to develop their reading skills, but how do we motivate them to do that?

Teachers, parents and caregivers want to give their children the best opportunities to create and sustain a love of reading in their kids. So what should we do to get our children stimulated to read especially during the Winter Break?

Here are a few things that parents and caregivers can do to encourage their children to read:

1-    If parents themselves have the habit to read in front of their children and to their children, that is alone a great motivator!
2-    Take your children to the Public Library; let them pick their own books. Talk about their books’ choices. Get a book for yourself too!
3-    Help your children to read out loud, show them the pictures in the books and talk about them.
4-    Create little plays with your children, let them build the characters… they can use their imagination to invent new storylines or they can use familiar story’s plots. *Grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins that are visiting make great bonuses characters J
5-    When you are reading to your children stop in the middle of the book and ask them to predict what is going to happen next in the story. This type of activity helps to boost the children’s imagination and it also promotes engagement.
6-    At the end of the story ask your children not only questions which answers are easy to find in the book, but also ask questions that go beyond the story. Questions such as “if you were the boy/girl in the story, what would you do differently? Why?”
7-    Use technology for reading! Tablets, computers, laptops and phones can be very helpful when trying to get the children to read. There are countless free apps, and websites that have children storybooks with read out loud/read along options.
8-    Tell your children stories!  Do you remember those stories from when you were a child? Children love to hear them!
9-    Ask your children to read a story to you! Yes, tell them that you also like when they read stories to you. It can be at bedtime, bath-time, at any time!
10- Re-read some stories to your children! We love to see our favourite movies more than once, right? Our children also like to hear their favourite stories more than once! Do you know what is your children favourite story? That is a great place to start J

Use these strategies one at the time! Don’t overwhelm your children; after all it is just the beginning of the Winter break! Enjoy your time with your family and don’t forget to have fun!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Small Group Work

                                              Small Group Work

It is amazing to see how students enjoy a small group work…

I have been working with several students in the resource room for the last few months and I have noticed how much work they produce when they are given extra time and support.  I also noticed that they tend to be more engaged when they work with peers that seem to have the same interests that they have.

We have been working on Math games to develop addition and subtraction mental skills. We used Power of Ten, regular cards and dice. Students have been also creating their own games and/or modifying the rules of games we normally play to attend to their needs.

In English Language Arts we have been reading books of all levels and working on prediction and questions that go beyond the story. We are also creating little plays and writing a few stories based on our favourite books.

In Spanish Language and Arts we have been listening to read-out loud stories from reading websites and we have been practicing new vocabulary and working hard on pronunciation.

A few students have been using different strategies to accomplish their work, such as computer dictation, typing and peer’s project sharing tasks.

Some groups have been working on printing skills to support letter formation, spacing and editing.

The most important thing we do in the Resource Room is to support and complete the work that has begun in the classroom. Students have been very successful in accomplishing this goal.

Next year we will be focusing on setting learning goals for the final 6 months of school. We are looking forward to achieving all of our goals!

Have a great Winter Break and don’t forget to do a lot of reading and to have fun with your family!

                                   Desde el escritorio de la Sra. Sasse,