So much fun in the READING CLUB!


Hi Summer Reading Club Families!

I wanted to share a one minute video of what this week looked like! I am so proud of these kids that I started crying looking back at the video clips of this week.

Will you share it with your little readers? I think it's so important to celebrate their hard work.  They're world changers and I am so honored to get to be a part of helping them grow into confident readers!

Here's the rundown of what we did this week:

We ALL, new classes and current classes, revisited (or visited for the first time!) our goals! This is an important part of students taking ownership of their reading progress.

My goal is for every single one of these kids to become more confident readers and build deeper friendships. I believe students enjoy learning more when they feel a sense of belonging that comes from cultivating friendships- which is why we practice working as a team, listening to our friends, and encouraging each other! We also have one very important rule: You may never say the word CAN'T. We can only say "That looks tricky, but I can try it!"

Early Childhood classes are working on their rhyming in songs and short repetitive stories. The toddlers are learning to recognize and track print! We practice using the 5 building blocks of early literacy: Read, Write, Sing, Play and Talk.

In Pre-K and K we practiced sight words using multi sensory strategies- shaving cream + sand. We practiced "top down" letters and letter sounds c, h, a, o, and e. We are digging into vowel sounds to get ready for kindergarten and and practicing the sight words HAVE, THE, A, I, GO, and AND. You can add these to your list to review. Remember, it's better to have a solid knowledge of a few sight words than a kind-of knowledge of many sight words!

In 1st grade we played "POPCORN" to practice our sight words. We spent time learning how to cross the midline- the imaginary line down the middle of our bodies so our reading muscles can get stronger and better at storing those tricky, rule breaker sight words better! We practiced writing a how to story about sand castles! 

In 2nd grade we continue to practice the focus trait + convention: PUNCTUATION! Where do commas go? We also practiced telling a short story in a ball pass game. Each player can only say one word! We played ZAP IT for sight words and laughed a LOT.

In 3rd grade we practiced changing our writing voice. We wrote short and funny stories and then took turns which group would write the beginning, middle, or end. It got SILLY.

Coming up! THIS WEEKEND! Come to the Logan Square Farmers Market from 12-2 and say hi! I'll be doing a special story time :)

I hope your little ones are sharing all of the things they are learning and more importantly, I hope they are EXCITED about it. Please let me know if you have any questions! See you soon for another week of fun in reading!!

Thanks for reading! If you are on Facebook or Instagram, follow Big City Readers for more tips, tricks and photos throughout the week!

Ms. Beth :)