Posted: December 14, 2014
Welcome to My Reading Room! In our quiet space we work on extra reading and writing practice!!
Hey Parents and Kids! Just a reminder to please return all books that you currently have at home from either Literacy Support (younger children) or from Read 180 (older kids in the afternoon class). It is important that I have these books back, as the classroom library is of limited supply and all books are needed in the classroom! Please have them returned by tomorrow, Monday, December 15 or Wednesday, December 17th at the latest! Thank you and I appreciate it very much! Ms. Ellison
Posted: November 18, 2014
Literacy Support: Grades 1 & 2:Hey Parents and Guardians!!Please ensure that your child is reading every night, or when they bring home their little plastic book bag containing between one and three books and usually a cut up sentence or some other hands on activity that is included in their envelope within the book bag! It is important that your child reads every night to strengthen their: Fluency, Intonation (Sound and Pronounciation), and Reading Comprehension skills! It is important that you spend the amount of their reading time, giving to them your time to listen, to assist and to cheer them on! A child who has someone to listen to them read, helps to strengthen their reading as well as their writing skills. I encourage you as parents to not only listen to them reading, but to share reading, take turns, share character parts, or take turns reading parts of the books that your child has brought home! Encourage your child (if there is a character(s) in the story), to become that character and to attempt to read in what they think would be the character's voice! You may even model a "voice" and encourage your child to try it! Reading not only strengthens learning; it opens the door to new and wonderous worlds!
Posted: November 18, 2014
Your classroom assigned homework is priority as is Read 180 homework! However, if you are aware of upcoming tests, heavy assignments, ect from your classroom, please do not hesitate to come and talk to me and let me know what is happening in your class! We want to ensure that this program is supplementing your classroom work activity, and not overwhelming you! The most important homework that you can do is to do your 20 minutes or more of reading from your Read 180 book that you have chosen!
Posted: November 18, 2014
Think Skill Building! Everything Starts Small and Grows!! (#'s 31 to 45)31. but32. not33. what34. all35. were36. we37. when38. your39. can 40. said41. there42. use43. an44. each45. which**Please note: During Test Time, we number from 1 to 15. Be sure to say the word out loud, spell, cover, check, repeat!
Posted: November 18, 2014
Read 180 Homework Reminder: 11/18/141. Read a MINIMUM of 20 minutes per night. Fill in your Reading Logs! (Page Started to Page Finished)2. Study Spelling Words: #31 to 46 for Friday.3. Using your rBook and your White Cards that were provided: From Pages 9 through 14: Find all your Target Words or Bolded Words and Meanings (Usually beside them!).1 Card=1 Word per Card.1 Definition written under your Target Word, which will be placed on the first line of your card.4. I will also be connecting the link for your Read 180 Student Dashboard, on my Teacher Page. Please feel free to sign in at home, using your same name and password as in class! Explore! Explore! Explore!! Have a wonderful evening Kids! See you tomorrow!! :)
Posted: November 5, 2014
Hey Kids! This is just a reminder to each of you, how wonderful you are doing in class! Our routines are coming along smoother, our rotations are ON time and right to the exact time in wrapping up! I'm so proud of all of you! Please continue to work hard at being respectful to each other, to remind yourselves not only in our class, but in all of your classes, how important it is to be a bucket filler and to be respectful and kind to each other. This doesn't happen only one day out of the week, it must be practiced every minute of every single day of our lives! To always be kind, respectful, always be truthful and honest to ourselves and to every one, builds a strong world. Every single one of you have the energy to be builders of a strong tomorrow, by working hard in school now; to work hard to have team spirit and be kind and caring together and everyone! What I would like to also remind all my students is the importance of reading our books EVERY night at home, for a MINIMUM of 20 minutes each night! Don't forget to do the following after you have read:Reading Logs: Write the page you have started reading from at night and then the page you finished reading for the night!Be sure to put your name and the date on your reading log as well! It is so important to read at least 20 minutes (which is less time than a cartoon on tv or 1 game on your xbox!) and it gives you so much knowledge!! Reading not only builds connections from new knowledge and prior knowledge in your connection with the world around you, but it ALSO builds your brain and helps grow your body! Yes! Reading does that because it is exercising your brain, which is connected to your heart and both of those organs help your body perform and grow as it should! SO READ AND GROW WITH KNOWLEDGE!! Also, ALWAYS come prepared to learn for class, with your books and materials required! Thank you!! :) Ms Ellison
Posted: October 19, 2014
Hey Parents and Kids, just a note to let everyone know how our progress is coming along. So it's officially into Week 2 so far! The kids are doing awesome, learning the routines of how the class is to be conducted, knowing what to expect and learning to perform rotations to our different stations, quickly, quietly and efficiently. As you may notice, so far there is not a lot of homework and mostly the homework that will come about will be in reading format. Up to date, there has been reading homework assigned for a MINIMUM of 20 minutes per night. If your child wishes to continue past the 20 minute limit, they are free to do so. Homework for parents for now, is to take some time to sit and listen to your child read at least a few pages out loud. They may enjoy to choose to silent read, and this is great, but I would appreciate at least 2 to 3 pages if not more would be listened by a parent or guardian. This is to ensure that their reading sounds smooth and fluent. Some of the books maybe a bit harder, slightly out of their comfort zones but this is fine, as long as they are not frustrated with their reading. I encourage them to challenge themselves, but not so that the reading causes frustrations. Please assist with words, where needed. Thank you and I will continue to keep you updated with the progress, as the program begins to take more shape and more work is expected of the students. The first three weeks involve routine setting, clarification of rotations and tasks that they are to do within the 20 minute rotations. They did awesome on Friday, I would like to thank all of them! Amazing job, Kids!! :) Thank you to all the parents and students for your constant effort with strengthening your Literacy thinking and skills!! :) Miss EllisonRead 180/Literacy Support Teacher.
Posted: September 30, 2014
I would like to thank every student both the individual Literacy Support students and the Read 180 class for being completely awesome this week! You have all be super co-operative and very kind and caring to each other, as well as working hard! You did a great job! Enjoy your day off tomorrow and keep up the great work!! YOU ARE AWESOME!! *HIGH FIVES TO ALL*
Posted: September 29, 2014
For the Students of the Read 180 Class: The Top Rules of Our Class Are: 1. Respect Each Other, Our Teacher and Our Classroom!2. Listen Carefully to the Teacher and to Each Other! Everyone will have a chance to speak. 3. Be Pro-Active and Productive! This class is for all the students currently enrolled in the Read 180 program! It is for YOUR BENEFIT, to improve reading and writing skills; to strengthen any weaknesses that we can help to overcome and continue you on the road to reading! My expectations of this class are: All students come prepared to listen and to learn. We listen to whole group instruction first, and then we can ask questions.We do not interrupt teacher during instruction and we do not interrupt others when they are speaking. Everyone in the class is equal and we treat each other as equals; therefore, there will be a chance for everyone to have a turn speaking. When it is time to move to our group stations, we move quickly and quietly. (This will be constantly practiced)When we have completed our full class, we line up at the door, quickly and quietly, in the order that I have given you today.Before dismissal, an exit question will be asked of each student. You are required to provide a thought, no answer is wrong, it is from your experience in class that day. If you are shy, that is ok! No one will be left out, but you will be required to participate in active discussion, we're all here to support each other.IF homework is assigned, it MUST be returned the next day.You are all awesome, there will be no one treated any differently than the other. If you are having a bad day, please leave anger at the door; we will treat each other peacefully. If you need to dispel some negative vibes, you need to come talk to me, upon entering class and we can figure out a way to deal with the situation positively. One final thing, NEVER hesistate to ask questions!! All questions are important!! It helps us all learn about each other and the world around us!