Encouraging Literacy

03 Mar

Dear Friends of Middleton,

IMG_6227We are already halfway through our first term! Middleton celebrated its first month ‘birthday’ last week. With sustainability as our key value, we decided to celebrate it by planting a tree. Children were very excited about the experience. Some of us had never touched soil before and some of us had never experienced planting before. The little mango sapling was fondly planted by each member of the Middleton community, and we took turns at adding the soil, potting the plant, watering it and wishing it good luck! Some of us have continued to look after it every day at playtime. We hope to see our plant thrive just as we are thriving, in this warm Middleton community.

No birthday is complete without treats! The Primary 2/3 class as part of their communities unit went for an excursion to the neighbourhood grocery store. They planned and bought the materials required for the recipe. Under Mr Chris and Ms Emer’s guidance children made chocolate rice crisps and all of us had a treat!

IMG_6580Students have been honing their creative talents during iTime and we are seeing deeper engagements with materials. The stories generated in the iTime are connected to the overall learning experiences as students hone their imaginations! This also translates into their literacy experiences in the classroom.

Students as part of their guided reading have been reading with the teachers. In addition, we are also encouraging students to read in the mornings on a one on one basis with the teachers. We strongly encourage all parents to read with their children on a regular basis. Some of the following ways can help encourage literacy at home:

  • Read. Read. Read. Nothing can replace reading regularly with your child! It helps them pick up reading behaviours, expand vocabulary, associate reading with pleasure and as source of information.
  • Enjoy the time spent in reading and writing. It is vital that children see reading and writing as meaningful activities.
  • Play word games such as Scrabble, Pictionary, Word Bingo etc.
  • Read/write recipes, lists, receipts, newspapers, magazines, notices for children to understand different contexts of literacy.
  • Make connections as you read. This story reminds me of….. This could be a connection with another book, a personal memory, or something that happens in the world around us. This helps comprehension.
  • Share loads of experiences and personal stories with your children. It helps extend the oral language which further helps in reading and writing.
  • Ensure that you are asking your child to read books that are at a comfortable reading level, and not too advanced.

Three-way conferences, ‘Books Alive’ and Parent workshops are on the calendar for this semester and we are ready for the fun!
Until next fortnight…. keep reading, keep learning!

Warm regards
Atima Joshi

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