This year our first graders are bringing how reading envelopes. This is not a new concept, but one we are trying to make more user friendly. Our plan is that students will load up their envelope each Monday with 3-5 books at their "just right" reading level (more about that later). The kids should be reading their books several times during the week with their parents. The kids are working on comprehension, accuracy and fluency. Hopefully by the end of the week they are reading their book very smoothly. Then at the end of the week (Thursday or Friday) the kids should return their books to school and be ready to start over again the following Monday.
Last week our students received their RAZ-Kids accounts, which if you are unfamiliar is another way for the kids to practice reading. These accounts are made available to the kids both in school and at home. If your child is ready for some new books or just needs a change up for the typical reading of the week, have him/her hope on the computer and log onto RAZ-Kids.
To get to RAZ-Kids, log onto the QAE Library website( qaelibrary.org). Click on the "Resources" tab, then the "Reading" button. Look for RAZ-Kids under reading and find your child's class. If the site prompts you to log in your teacher's name use msleland. We have leveled each child's account with the most current level in our class. While on the site kids can either listen to a book, read it themselves or take a quiz on a book they've already read. For each quiz they take the kids get "points" to use to build a rocket and decorate it. Sounds silly but when you're in first grade, it's cool.
First grade is a big year and we are so excited to watch your children grow as readers. Let us know if you have any questions reguarding our reading homework program. Both Amanda and I are happy to answer any questions. Oh, and if you are looking for a great book for parents, pick up two of my favorites: Nuture Shock (can't remember the author), and How Children Succeed (by Paul Tough).