September , 2016
Beginning today your child will be bringing home books from the classroom to enjoy with you. At this time, we are discussing the variety of reasons readers choose books. Your child is enjoying the classroom library and learning about the books available to them.
Each day your child will choose a book, record the book information on their Padlet click here to visit the Padlet page, and bring it home to you. In addition to helping me keep track of the books leaving the room each day, Padlet will allow students to see all the books they’ve read over the year. Please take time to read the story together, and return the book the following day.
Soon we will begin conversations about finding “just-right” books. In other words, they should be able to read and understand them. While they may have to pause occasionally to figure something out, they should be able to do the work. When these conversations begin, I will more closely monitor the books your child is choosing, and the wording on the padlet will change from “me”, “you”, and “us” to “easy”, “just-right”, and “challenging”. If the book is easy or “just right,” your child will read to you. If the book is challenging, please read it to your child. Beginning readers need to hear good models so reading to your child is still essential.
Each evening read the book with your child and return it to school the very next day. I encourage your child to leave comments on the padlet if they choose, this is optional. If your child chooses not to read this book because s/he has a book from Mrs. Bradley or another reading teacher that is fine; just make a note on the padlet, or your child can do this at school the following day.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The price for replacing a lost books is $10.00. I would suggest that your child’s folder stays in his/her bookbag, and the book remains in the reading folder when it is not being read. ENJOY!
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