Tuesday, October 5- BBQ Fundraiser
Friday, October 8- No School- Teacher Institute
Monday, October 11- No School- Columbus Day
Family Literacy Night will be coming up shortly- stay tuned for more information from McKinley and your classroom teachers!!
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To promote a lifelong love of reading, helping your child with a nightly reading routine is an excellent way to start showing the importance of reading. For older students, sight word practice can be a fun way to review words from a previous grade.
Sight words are those very familiar words that are seen and used often in reading and writing. Many of the words can't be sounded out, so storing those words in memory is key to fluent reading. We will be working on sight words after the start of fall tier groups. Now, even more focus will on be words. Writing is an extension of what students know and can show. Ask your child to write about something. Give a topic or let them choose one of interest. Call it " Show What You Know". **(Games or snappy titles given to an activity are a couple of ways to help keep readers engaged when working on reading at home.)
**Please remember: The very best way for a child to increase reading skills is to read! Remember, reading books is wonderful, but you might also expose your child to magazines, ebooks, comics, newspapers and a wide range of texts to find what interests your child most. If your child learns to love reading, it can provide a way to relax and a way to escape from the pressures in his/her everyday life.
Parent-Child Connection: Word Games are a great way to keep kids using words and recognizing them in text. Make a list of sight words or choose a different word family each week and play games with those words.
Word Games that are fast, easy and VERY cost effecient:
1. Guess my word- think or spell a word and your kiddo writes or says the word
2. Beach Ball Words- write sight words on a beach ball, throw the ball, and whichever word is on top at the time, they read.
3. Magnetic letters- on the fridge or a cookie sheet (for traveling in the car) is great to show patterns.
4. Shaving Cream- writing words in shaving cream- Kids love this one!! They learn and get a little messy at the same time.
5. Newspaper Words- Give your child a word. Have them use a highlighter or crayon and find it in the newspaper. You can even have your child make a chart of progress and post on the refridgerator for all to see. This boost confidence and shows the value of working hard.
** Make a fun book nook or reading corner at home- create a chart for students to color as they complete books. Post the chart in their special spot. After reading a few books, celebrate!! Create a family reading challenge to see how many books can be read by the beginning of November! Make a day of the week a personal, family day and read at night together. One day a week is doable and will have a positive impact on reading this school year.