9/23 No School - Professional Development Day for Teachers
9/30 Renaissance Challenge Day (formerly called Boot Camp)
10/3 - 10/17 Fall Break
10/19 Crew Pictures and Individual Re-Takes
11/8 No School - Professional Development for Teachers
11/14 - 11/18 Book Fair
11/16 Student-Led conferences (and various other times during this week)
11/23 - 11/25 Thanksgiving Break
12/19 - 1/3 Winter Break
We have spent the last few weeks learning strategies or tools to help us decode or figure out words that we don't know.
While we will still continue to practice these strategies, our new focus is on reading fluently. Fluency is the
ability to read in a smooth, flowing, connected
way. This includes reading with expression and reading at a
conversational pace. Reading fluently is important because it directly
impacts reading comprehension. When we can read fluently we understand
what we are reading better. We will work on reading in phrases rather
than word by word (robot reading), reading at a "just right" speed - not
too fast and not too slow, reading with expression (showing emotion
when reading) and using punctuation marks as a guide to how our voice should sound.
Rereading helps with reading fluency a lot. Each time we reread a story
or book, we get more fluent. It also helps to listen to a more
experienced reader read fluently to get the feel of how reading should
sound. So family read alouds, bedtime stories and audio books are great
Reading fluently is another reason why we need to help our kids make
good book selections. If they are choosing books that are too hard, they
will not read fluently and will read word by word (robot reading). Then
they will not deeply understand the book that they are reading and will
feel frustrated with reading. So encourage your child to read easy or
just right books to help with fluency and comprehension. Also encourage
them to reread a story or parts of a story to make it sound more fluent.
Make practice fun by showing them how reading sounds when you read to
fast or too slow. After the giggles stop, see if they know what you
should do to correct your reading.
Arts and PE
Our Arts and PE class next week is Performing Arts (formerly called Music).
Today's post is just a random collection of tiny little videos, pictures and one ShowMe (the ShowMe was created by Kalyn) - all were taken or created today. Of course, there were many more things that happened today but this will give you a taste. If you get this blog post by email, you will need to go directly to the crew blog to view the videos below.