Thursday, May 17, 2018

Parents/Guardians,

As we approach the end of the school year I wanted to share with you a resource that could be used over the summer to keep your child reading.  During the summer it is important that students continue to read as much as possible.  Below is a website that students can use to access books to read over the summer.  Some of these books students have read in class already this year.  To use the resource you can go to the website and choose the free trial option.  Then you can select books based on your child's grade level. 

https://www.readinga-z.com/

I hope that this resource is helpful in allowing your children to continue to read as much as possible over the summer!  If you would like more online or app based resources for the summer months please do not hesitate to contact me. 

~Miss. Sheibley

Monday, April 2, 2018

Parents/Guardians,

When your child is reading they will come across some words more often than other words.  Words that appear more often are sight words.  These words should be automatic to your children.  They should be able to see the word and immediately read the word without even having to sound it out.  When a student is able to do this with a lot of their sight words then their reading will become more accurate and fluent.  For this reason, I am asking you to please continue to practice these words with your children often.  There are sight word lists in their folders that can be used for practicing them.  Also, I found this resource that is helpful for practicing sight words because it allows students to play games to practice their sight words.

http://www.sightwords.com/sight-words/dolch/

The more sight words your child knows automatically, the better reader they will become.  If you have any questions or would like more ideas for practicing sight words with your children please do not hesitate to contact me!

~Miss. Sheibley~

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Parents/Guardians,

I wanted to share with you part of an important article that I discovered this month.  The article was about the 10 benefits that highlight the importance of reading with your children.  I found this article important because many people know the importance of reading to yourself but knowing the importance of reading to your child is also beneficial.  I wanted to share with you the 10 benefits that were discussed in the article since they are all important.

1. Reading to young children sets them up to succeed.
2. Reading develops language skills.
3. Exposure to reading exercises your child's brain.
4. Reading enhances a child's concentration.
5. Reading together encourages a thirst for knowledge.
6. A range of books teaches children about different topics.
7. Reading develops a child's imagination and creativity.
8. Reading books with children helps to develop empathy.
9. Books are a form of entertainment.
10. Reading together helps create a bond.

With all of these benefits to reading to your child as well as with your child, I encourage you to make reading with your child part of your daily routine.  I know that sometimes it is hard to find enough books to keep your child interested in reading with you so here is a link with a lot of free books that you and your child can read together.  www.turtlediary.com   The website also allows you to have the website read the book aloud if you go to the "story book" option under your child's grade level.

I hope that you are able to make reading to your child and with your child a priority in the future!

~Miss. Sheibley

Monday, January 22, 2018

Parents/Guardians:

Now that I have been at North Schuylkill for a few weeks and have been able to get to know your students better, I have decided that three days each week students will have independent reading homework.  I will provide the book each night that your child's homework is to read to an adult.  All I ask is that you sit down with your child and listen to them read.  When they are reading I am looking for accuracy and fluency.  This means that I am looking for students to be able to read at a good pace and correctly pronounce each word they may come across while reading.  After your child reads the book to you, feel free to have a conversation with them about what happened in the book that they just read.  All of the students love to talk about books after they read them and may also enjoy if you could read the book to them after they finish reading it to you.  Completing these readings will be important in helping your child become a strong independent reader. Independent reading helps in boosting student vocabulary, reading comprehension, verbal skills and achievement-test scores.  After your child reads to you please sign the attached blue slip to let me know that they completed the reading and return the blue slip with the book in your child's folder. 

Thank you!  If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact me by email or by phone anytime!

-Miss. Sheibley