Oh the places we can go with good books, a working pen, a notebook with a few clean pages, and freedom to read and write!
Over the past few weeks I have shared many of my favorite picture books and authors with your child. I love reading, and I truly hope to instill a love of reading in each of my students. My thoughts on how best to do this is to share quality text with them on a daily basis, while reminding them that reading is NOT a punishment, and reading is NOT just another thing that is required by Mrs. Z at the end of a long day at school. Simply put, reading IS something I want them to enjoy. We have spent some time discussing the many ways we interact with text. Over the next few weeks you will see your child coming home with a key-ring of literary response prompts. These will act as the reading logs for Room 5, and will be graded on a weekly basis. Expectations will be stated in class.
We have also been writing "fast and furious" about chosen topics as we travel through the writing process. We are in the process of narrowing down our "big ideas" into small moments, as we take on Personal Narrative writing. We will continue immersing ourselves in narrative writing mentor texts so we can come up with lists of "must haves" for the Personal Narratives we write. Check back often for updates!