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New Tradition: Family Reading Time. Most of my blog posts are inspired by the work I do with my high school students. This post is inspired by my own children–ages 6 and 7. My children attend a Spanish immersion school, where they receive 90% of their instruction in Spanish. As part of their homework, they must read each day. My daughter, who is in 2nd grade, is expected to read independently for 25 minutes a day in Spanish. She is an avid reader, who devours chapter books in both English and Spanish. My son, who is in kindergarten, is just beginning to read. So, we started family reading time! It’s simple. Not only does this make it easier for the kids to complete the required reading for homework, but it also sends the clear message that we, as a family unit, value reading. Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology Available NOW! New Tradition: Family Reading Time. A Few Words for Parents | Catching Readers Before They Fall.

It’s evening story time and as your child reads through a new book she suddenly comes to a difficult word and stops. What do you do? Do you give her the word? Or do you say “sound it out”? Many teachers are beginning to realize that, although “sound it out” often comes to their lips, it isn’t necessarily the best response. The English language is not consistently phonetic so it is not helpful, or even fair, to tell a child to “sound out” words like said, night, or know, just to cite a few familiar examples. A better strategy is to give your child a little support by saying, “Hmm, what would make sense there?” Here are some answers to other common concerns parents have about their child’s reading: My child memorizes books, instead of reading them. This is not unusual for very young readers, but we don’t want them to get the wrong impression about reading.

My child seems to know a word one day, but then she forgets it the next day. Should I give my child prizes for every book she reads? What Makes a Parent Love a Teacher. Guest post by Jennifer Gonzalez The note from Mrs. F. came home two weeks into the school year:I’d like to talk with you about how we can make reading time more challenging for Ruby. When can we meet? Although I knew my daughter was an advanced reader, I had accepted that it would always be up to me to ask for this kind of differentiation. The conversation had never been initiated by the teacher. Thus began my year of absolutely loving Mrs. I know a lot of teachers, and I know that a lot of their energy goes into things like setting up classrooms, finding new materials and activities, learning new technology, and downloading beautifully designed templates and worksheets.

But all of that pales in comparison to this one thing. Know my child. That’s it. It Makes a Difference My kids are currently in grades 2, 3, and 5. Do other parents feel the same way? From a mother of two: Some of my favorite teachers have been those who were interested in my children and made them feel important. How Blogging Has Enhanced My Parent Connection.

I didn’t think parents of my students would ever read my blog. Why would they? And yet, now that I have been blogging for four years I am often amazed at how often the parents of my students actually read what I write. Not just on our classroom blog, but also on this blog; my personal one. While there are many small benefits to this, it has also brought on a sense of responsibility to them. Benefits of a Classroom Blog: Parents know what is going on. Benefit of a Professional Blog: Parents know my values. I didn’t set out to blog to create deeper connections, but it happened. I am a passionate (female) 5th grade teacher in Wisconsin, USA, proud techy geek, and mass consumer of incredible books. Like this: Like Loading... Related. 10%20Apps%20for%20Parents%20to%20Make%20Thinking%20Visible. Engaging the Parent Community. During my three years at ISB, one of the best projects I helped develop and facilitate was our Parent Technology Coffee Mornings.

We started them during my first year to address questions and concerns about what students were learning with technology in the Elementary school and they grew to be a regular monthly event. The feedback we received from parents was always positive, and it was clear during the discussions that simply having the dedicated time to talk about technology and learning with their children’s teachers was very important for our parents. Since arriving at YIS this past August, one of my top priorities was to start something similar for our very supportive parent community here in Yokohama. I’m so pleased to share that our first Parent Technology and Literacy Coffee Morning was held in early December and our second was last week.

After the two sessions, parents shared some feedback with us: Final Thoughts During our two recent sessions, a few thoughts jumped out at me: Parent's Guide and Tutorial for Twitter. At Sewickley Academy we’ve seen steady growth in the number of our students who use Twitter. We’ve also seen a decrease in the number of our students who are participating on Facebook - maybe it’s because of the increase in the number of their parents and grandparents who are now using Facebook. While these trends are anecdotal the fact remains that parents still are unsure what Twitter is about, how to use it, and how to monitor their children so that they are safe and using this very popular social media channel appropriately. As a result, the goal of this post is to help parents understand the who, what, where, how, and why of Twitter. Let’s begin… What is Twitter? According to Wikipedia Twitter is: Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets", which are text messages limited to 140 characters.

History of Twitter Twitter began in 2006 and the growth of this social media platform has been staggering. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.