We’ve had a super start to the school year in our bright and spacious new third grade classroom. Students were ecstatic to see their friends and welcome a new classmate, Ella, to our school. I can tell already that it is going to be a terrific year with this eager and kind community of learners!
This week was about learning classroom routines, creating strong relationships, and enjoying lots of good literature. What does your child think about having recess before lunch? Has your child started getting into the habit of bringing his or her red home folder to and from school each day? Ask your child which community building activity was his or her favorite – playing Classmate Bingo, creating Venn Diagrams, brainstorming class rules, illustrating a “Quiet Place” class book, or designing math posters. Which book did your child connect with the most – Chrysanthemum, Officer Buckle and Gloria, Wemberly Worried, A Quiet Place, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, or Recess Queen? Please ask your child for a summary of each book and which one he or she liked the best and why.
Talking about good books, did your child tell you that he or she has nightly reading homework? Third graders should be reading at least twenty minutes each school night. Your child can read any just right, high interest book, magazine, or webpage that they choose. Starting Monday, students will be encouraged to bring a classroom book home in their book pouch. When students return one book, they may bring home another. Bringing home classroom books is optional and will be student regulated. I just want to make sure students have access to a wide variety of genres each and every night, because the more they read, the better readers they will become! I’ll talk more about homework expectations at our “Back to School Night” on Thursday, August 31 at 6:00.