9.23.18 Another successful week! I really feel like our class is bonding and feeling more comfortable with the routines!
Thank you all at being so consistent at initialing the assignment books. It really helps your child to get in the habit of checking his/her assignment book each night to be sure ALL homework is being completed. Starting the first of October, if your child continues to be this consistent with getting your initials and initialing his/her own assignment book, he/she will only need you to initial when homework consists of a conversation with you. Your child will continue to need to initial the assignment book throughout the year and if he/she starts to forget, I will ask you to initial all assignments again for a while.
A little clarification about the “At Home Journals”. Your child should be writing 1 entry 3 days a week. I had a couple of students who wrote “3 entries” in one day and I had to tell them that is really only one long entry. It is better for the brain to do short assignments (reading/writing/math facts) several days a week than 1 long assignment once a week.
This week starts the Reading Log Journals! Tomorrow (Monday) your child will be bringing home his/her reading log journal. You will notice there are already several entries. The first one is a model. I wrote it on chart paper, sharing my thoughts as I wrote it and your child simply copied it. The second one, was written with partner (some were able to finish and some were not). We reviewed a few as a class, talking about what my notes meant, what parts were done well and how other parts could be improved. The third entry was done independently (again some were not able to finish) and we reviewed some of those entries as well. The last entry was done independently and scored on the rubric stapled to the back of your child’s journal. Please do not be concerned, as most students’ scores were quite low. The goal here is for your child to choose one area to improve and work to earn more points in that area. It is not expected that your child will get a 100 points right away. As I review these journals, I will be looking for improvements, attention to the notes I write to your child, and your child’s ability to start and complete books.
I will be letting your child know that he/she will be able to take Reading Counts quizzes on books they are reading and about which they are writing in lieu of writing a complete Reading Log journal entry. I hope this will encourage your child to complete books he/she starts. This can only be done every other week, which I hope will discourage him/her from choosing books that are too easy to read.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all on Tuesday evening (6:35) at our Back to School night.