Ms. Ellison Notes

Welcome to My Reading Room! In our quiet space we work on extra reading and writing practice!!

Notes

I would just like to say congratulations to my Group #1 of the Reading Recovery Program for the completion and discontinuation of the program! It was a long daily process, with lots of work in readin gand writing involved! The four students have successfully completed their program and are continuing on their way becoming fabulous readers and writers!! YAAAY!! HIGH FIVE TO ALL!!
Hi Parents! This is just a little note to let everybody know that the final few weeks are upon us for the first group of Reading Recovery Students! Just a reminder for parents AND students how important it is to: Read! Read! Read! Whenever possible, parents, offer your children valuable reading materials! Encourage the love of books or the love of reading in general! Tips to get them reading, cereal boxes have lots of exciting print, colorful comic pages and comic books and borrowing is always free from the library at our school! I am asking the parents to please continue their children's love of reading even after their program is done, for the rest of their lives! Reading can only be great for them!! :) Also, keeping reading in mind, please be sure your child is reading their assigned work from me, and assembling their cut up sentences each night! Have your child read to you and scramble the words up in their cut up sentences for them to re-organize and re-read! They should read their sentences at least 2 to 3 times after they have been scrambled! Please sign their homework sheets AFTER their homework has been fully completed! Your assistance is your encouragement for your child's progress in their reading journey and it is appreciated by everybody, especially your child! :) Thank you and have a great week!! :) ~Miss Ellison Reading Recovery Esgenoopetitj~
Hi Parents and Children!  Just a little note to say that I'm so glad to see the progress the children are making! They are working hard and have did a lot of hard work from Septemeber until now! I would like to thank the Parents for attending their children's Parental Observation day! Your attention to their reading and homework is excellent! This shows up in their daily lessons and it is appreciated by myself and the children, as it reduces any stresses along their reading and writing journies!As I always stress, it is of utter importance that the children read, read and re-read!! They are building stamina, fluency and strength in both reading and writing skills! This also includes reading on weekends, even if there is no assigned homework from class, my class assigns weekend homework to build this strength that they require! I appreciate your cooperation in helping them complete their weekend homework as well as during the weekdays! :)                                         Thank You!                                           Miss Ellison                                   ~Reading Recovery~
A reminder to parents of students in the Reading Recovery Program: Tomorrow, Thursday, December 1, 2011 is Parent Observation Day. Your timed observation has been sent home with your child in their homework bag. Please be sure to arrive for that time. I am requesting observation only during the complete lesson and then I will bring your child back to class. After this, I am available for any discussion about their lesson after your child has been returned to class. Thank you for attending your child's observation class in advance and I am excited to have your presence during our lesson!! :) See you tomorrow! Miss Ellison

Posted: November 27, 2011

I would like to mention at this time, how happy I am to be seeing the progress of the children who are in the Reading Recovery Program! They are coming along well in their progress, but as always, lots of reading and writing practice makes for stronger Readers and Writers! I am encouraging parents to continue listening to their children read and help them with their writing homework and building sentence skills every evening. This is true for both RR homework AND Classroom homework! All homework needs to be completed when assigned, as it ensures your child benefits from the skills they are practicing each night. Please take time to read to your child at any other times too. Listening to a parent/guardian read a book to a child is as important for the child, as is their own reading. After you have completed reading the book to them, talk about it! Having a discussion about the book, strengthens their recalling skills and allows them to familiarize themselves both with the characters in the story and the events that happen in the book! It is also one of the most wonderful ways of bonding with a child! Snuggling together and listening to a wonderful story, takes you both to another time and place, which part of building creativity within your child! Thank you and please keep on reading!! :) Miss Ellison

Posted: November 20, 2011

Hi Parents! I would just like to send a little note to let you know that the students are coming along great! Once again, homework assigned from me, is a priority as much as their classroom homework. All tasks need completion and reading every evening is a must! The students need to gain strength in their reading skills and if they do not practice every evening, it does not help them gain this fluency and strength. I would like to thank you, Parents, for the continuing effort that you give your children, in assisting them, even taking the time to sit with them to listen to their stories! This is very important for your child to have an audience while reading. It helps them become better readers and takes away the shyness from reading to other people! I am so proud of the excellent work that the children are doing and the progress that they are making! Please be sure to have all their books read every evening this week! Have a wonderful week and keep up the great job!! :) Miss Ellison
by John McCrae, May 1915 In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.With Respect. http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders-fields.htm
Hi Parents & Guardians!! :)    First of all, I would like to commend the children for their very hard work that they are doing very well! They are dedicated to working hard and doing well! I enjoy seeing the enjoyment that they have from reading their books or the work that they are doing.    Some of the books you may have noticed coming home, have been sent home, possibly several times and you may have wondered about this. As the Reading Recovery program is developed on strengthening fluency in reading, the need for children to practice "familiar and known" readings (books that they have read or re-read) is of super importance! Each child develops reading skills at different rates, but all children need to have a sense of fluency within their reading abilities to help them become stronger readers. You may have noticed the similar levels in books, possibly the same levels, this is simply to reinforce reading fluency. As well, similar words or sentence structures may come home as well. Please understand that it is simply to reinforce what they already know, make that stronger and work towards the new levels with more ease and accuracy! :)    Each day brings new surprises and my biggest joy is to see the progress that each child is making in the program! If you have any questions, please do not hesistate to contact me. Also, I try to make a little note for each parent on the child's envelope! :)     It is also very important that when homework is assigned, the books that go home with your child, must be read each night. If there are sentence structures or other pieces to be worked on, please work on these together with your child! It is important that they gain their fluency and strength in reading, by reading and doing homework!  I would also like to note that sometime soon, I will be having appointments set up with the parents of each child and you will be given a scheduled appointment to come in and observe your child "in action"! These appointments will be scheduled ahead of time so you will have plenty of prior notification! More details to follow in regards to this!Thank you for your wonderful attention to your child's learning progression!    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email: melissa_ellison@hotmail.com or through the school at: 776-1206. I welcome comments and concerns! Feel free to pop a note in your child's homework bag also if you need to! I will send a note back to you! :)  Thank you! Miss Ellison (Reading Recovery)

Posted: October 26, 2011

Parents Please Note!Please have your child read the two books that are provided with your child each night. These books are familiar to your child and must be read to strengthen fluency in reading. This is just a word to notify parents, in case you are wondering why your child may be bringing home "the same" books here and there, or previously read books. It is simply to strengthen what they already know and to influence confidence in reading for new text! Thank you! Miss Ellison

Posted: October 23, 2011

Parents and Students!Wishing everybody a wonderful week! Just a reminder that I will be sending homework home regularly. Please have your child complete their homework from this class just as regular class homework should be. It is imperative that your child reads at least 15 minutes per evening, and also including, doing the little tasks that are sent home with your child. Reading and these little tasks are important for their development of their reading, writing and recall skills. Reading strengthens a child's learning ability!! Please listen to them read and also try to read to them as much as possible! Thank you!! Miss Elllison
Parents, please note that there will be no school for students on Friday, October 21, 2011, as the staff have workshops that we will be attending.I will be sending homework home for my students. Please have your child read their book and practice their words. I will be sending homework home for the long weekend. Please ensure that their books are returned as well as their homework, on Monday, October 24, 2011. Also, if you have any unreturned library books at home, please have them returned with your child as soon as you both have finished reading them! The school appreciates having our libary stock returned, as there are already too many books missing! Thank you! Have a wonderful evening! Miss Ellison :)

Posted: October 17, 2011

Note to Parents: I have sent homework home beginning Friday, October 14, 2011. I appreciate your active awareness of the importance of having your child complete homework each night and to have it sent back the next day! It is imperative that your child reads at least 15 minutes per evening, to develop strength and the pure enjoyment of reading everything! I would also like to stress how important it is to not only listen to your child read (be their audience) but to also read to them as much as you both can share storytime. This not only connects the parent-child bond but increases your child's vocabulary and hearing and recording new words through listening! Who doesn't like to sit and relax and listen to a good story!! :) Thank you! Keep On Reading, Kids!! :)

Posted: October 6, 2011

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go!" ~The Wonderous Dr. Seuss~

Posted: October 3, 2011

I would like to welcome both the parents and children who are in the Reading Recovery Program. Welcome to All!! I am happy to be given this opportunity to work with both the children and parents as well as we work through the Reading Recovery Program.As you know, this is a 20 week program dedicated to assisting and helping children grasp and strengthen their reading and writing skills. There is an intensive amount of work to be covered within 20 weeks, so it is important that we try to maintain the full amount of weeks for each child. Your child will be learning strategizing skills to improve and strengthen their reading and writing. We will be working from what your child knows and from there, strengthening every skill they already have. Within the next few weeks, your child will begin bringing homework home from the Reading Recovery Program. Please have your child complete the assigned homework as this will be designed with every effort to improve and encourage reading strengths in your child! I will keep parents notified through my page of homework assignments or any other important things that will need to be posted. Welalin, Thank You, Merci!! Miss Melissa EllisonReading RecoveryEsgenoopetitj School
When your child is ready to end the series of lessons, the following strengths should be controlled:Directional Movement-This includes directional movement in both Reading and Writing (Left to Right, Top to Bottom, Return Sweeps).One to One Matching-Controlled One to One Match of Spoken to Written Words (and sequence of sounds in words) for checking purposes.Strategic Activities-Demonstrates a flexible control of strategic activity on new instructional texts at higher levels of difficulty. Child will try to solve new words and language structures in new texts.Self-Monitoring-Child checks his/her own reading (unprompted-on own).Cross-Checking-Child notices own discrepancies in his own responses by cross-checking one kind of information (ie.visual) with a different kind of information (ie.meaning). Uses of Multiple Sources of Information-Checks self-corrections by combining meaning, structure, letter-sound cues and a sense of how words ore spelled (tries to achieve a match across all information).Self-Correction-Effective Self-Correction follows from using self-monitoring, searching for solutions in flexible ways, and cross-checking information. Even at unsuccessful attempts however, child is aware that these activities can be helpful.

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