Ms. Ellison

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

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

Posted: November 9, 2011

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!! :)
~Beginning Our Journey Through Reading and Writing~

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