Navigate to the correct week of literacy work (above). You'll find the literacy work that is to be completed in the classroom and at home. The daily tasks include reading, word of the day, writing, and spelling. A good goal is to complete 30-60 minutes of literacy per day including the suggested tasks and some literacy games. Encourage your child to complete the tasks independently, but of course you may help them as needed. If they require your help to complete the tasks, please indicate this when submitting their work so that I am able to help them at school as well and adjust expectations as necessary.
Don't forget to record their progress in the learning log!
Reading: Students should spend at least 20 minutes reading a book at their level each day. Books will be sent home for reading practice, and any extra time with eyes on text of any kind is important. It is also good for your child to be read to daily so they can learn to enjoy the story and hear what fluent reading sounds like. There are also some online literacy resources that students can participate in for more exposure to literacy tasks (links below).
Word of the day: Fill out the word of the day page of your choice. Each page sent home is double sided with different difficulty levels. You can find blank templates of these as well as completed examples at the bottom of this page.
Writing: Use the notebook, some lined paper, or a computer to complete the writing tasks. Students should try to write as much as they can each day, which will vary for each student and topic. Encourage your child to use proper capitalization and punctuation, as well as to reread their writing to ensure it makes sense. Each piece of writing can be accompanied by a drawing, especially for grades 2 and 3.
If your child is still working on building words and making sentences, encourage them to write whatever words and letters they know, and to label their drawing. They can also orally tell you their story and have you scribe it or record it for me to see. These writing tasks are about more than the actual writing, they are also about forming and sharing ideas.
Spelling: We use the Words Their Way spelling program. Some families may already be familiar with this program. The students will be assessed during the first couple of weeks at school so that I can assign them an appropriate set of words and skills to work on.
Students will receive 2 copies of their words, one for school and one for home. We will learn about the word sorts when at school, then they'll take some time during their home learning days to continue to practice with them and do their best to fully understand the sort and the spelling of each set of words. We may do spelling tests after at least a week of work on each set of words, but we may just do some assignments using them instead.
On the weekly literacy page there will be links to the spelling words, the answer keys, and videos explaining the word sort in case your student missed or forgot something from class.