Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Building Literacy At Home

Fostering literacy at home is more than filling our shelves with books.  It is engaging our children with all things written.  This short article highlights many ways you can nourish that literacy life at home.  Click here to enjoy the ideas.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Literacy Begins At Home

Since it's Family Literacy Month, I thought I'd share this great article about reading at home.
Click on the link for a few wonderful tips: Literacy Begins At Home.

Friday, October 28, 2016

A Week Focused on Literacy

This week McGovern celebrated literacy with the Family Literacy Night and the Read for the Record event.  

Our annual Family Literacy Night this year focused on "A Peek into Your Child's Classroom." Parents and children moved through five stations and witnessed teachers modeling a reading workshop lesson, a technology integration lesson, and a Fundations lesson. Families also enjoyed an interactive read aloud and sight word games together.  If you weren't able to attend, click here for a listing of resources.

On Thursday every classroom was treated to a reading of the book: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, by Julia Sarcone-Roach, as part of Jumpstart's Read for the Record event.  This event seeks to break a world record of the most number of people reading the same book on the same day. Children were excited to hear the story being read by another classroom teacher.  It was a wonderful event for all!  Stayed tuned to see if we helped break that world record!

Family Literacy Night:


Read for the Record:

Friday, October 21, 2016

Reading in the "Edges"

I read this great article the other day about a barber that was encouraging his youngest clients to read while getting their haircut.  If the children chose to read a book to him he would give them a discount!  

Talk about a great idea.  

Donalyn Miller, author of the book The Book Whisperer, might call this practice reading in the "edges"  or squeezing in a few minutes of reading into times when you might not think of reading.  Donalyn suggests we have books with us at all times so we can read while waiting in the car, at the doctors, or even at the grocery store.  Those few minutes here and there can add to to many minutes of practicing their reading skills and behaviors.  After all children need 60 minutes of reading each day to grow in their reading ability.  

Where or when do you let your child read in the edge?   

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Science and Literacy

There is something about this time of year that brings out the writer in me: the colors in the sunsets and trees, the silhouette of the birds flying across the sky, and the sound of the geese honking their way south. Taking in these sites and sounds urge me to put pen to paper to write, to draw, and to capture the beauty of the world around me.
Today's post lists several resources to help you enjoy and grow with the seasonal changes to autumn with your child.  Enjoy!
Outdoor Explorations - Reading Rockets produced a great article on how to use the great outdoors in your own backyard to explore, build vocabulary and foster early scientific skills

10 Outdoor Literacy Ideas - wonderful list of fun literacy activities to enjoy outside

Linking Outdoor Learning to Literacy - Scholastic produced this super list of literacy ideas

Make Your own Nature Journal - scroll down to the bottom of the blog for directions on how to make a nature journal out of paper bags with built in pockets for collecting things!

And finally, check out the right side column for my virtual book shelf filled with fall titles!

Friday, September 23, 2016

First School Assembly of the Year

The children at McGovern School were treated to their first assembly of the year.  Today's assembly had three topics on the agenda: 1. To celebrate the numbers of books read by the McGovern School children this past summer (4,200 books!), 2.  To learn about being a good citizenship and how saying "I Can..." is important when making good decisions and 3. To talk about playground rules especially with our new playgroup equipment.  Below are a few photos showing the highlights of the assembly.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Avid Readers

Kindergarten Students are Avid Readers
Our kindergarten students have been working on becoming avid readers as part of the new reading units of study.  The students began the unit by discovering that an avid reader is someone who reads a lot, finds places to read everywhere, keeps a stack of books-in-waiting, can't stop reading, and really pays attention to the book.  Another part of being an avid reader is sharing our books with others, much like we do in our own book clubs. Students shared their books while in "reading playdates."  One of the ways children can share their books while on a reading playdate is by acting out the pages.  Below is a video showing a group of kindergartners role-playing a nonfiction book.  We are so proud of the progress the children have made this year!