I hope that everyone had a fabulous long weekend after one busy week! Our Valentine’s Day party on Tuesday was a huge hit and such a treat for all!! The children have raved about the delicious ice cream sundaes and toppings to decorate with- how especially sweet!! Thank you SO much to our amazing party moms, Stephanie Land, Karin Powdermaker, Tanima Gupta, and Katie Starley, who all volunteered their time and contributions to help make the party a huge success! What a fantastic Valentine’s Day it was for our kiddos!
As we are cruising through the year at rapid speed, there are a several very important (and super fun) dates that you need to be sure to mark down on your calendar! Have a wonderful week!
Dates to Remember:
February 23: Bingo Night
February 28: Early Release (12:55)
March 3: Open House Morning
March 8-10: BPE Kite Days (during PE class)
March 13-17: Spring Break
March 30: Lifetouch Group Pictures
April 8: Bobcat Fest
April 14: School Holiday
April 19: Early Release
May 5: May Madness
May 8: STAAR Math
May 9: STAAR Reading
May 15: School Holiday
May 17: 3rd grade Field Trip to Reunion Ranch
May 25: District Early Release Day/ End of Semester
Mrs. Matus' Class Twitter Feed:
Scroll down to see all the awesome pictures that have been posted this year!
Finding a "Good Fit Book" for Your Child
A common question for many parents this year has been where to find books that are on my child’s reading level. It is important to help our kids find those “good fit books” so that they are reading books independently that they can also comprehend without assistance. In addition, it is equally important to find books that kids can read fluently on an independent level, again so they are able to comprehend the material even better. Of course finding chapter books or series that actually interest the child will ultimately drive the child’s love of reading even further, or quite possibly just begin to develop and grow that amazing spark for reading.
We are currently finishing up beginning of year reading assessments on each student, but if you are unsure what level to start them at, here a few good tips that I found from the Reading Rockets website: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/selecting-books-your-child-finding-just-right-books
How can parents help their children find books that are not "too hard" and not "too easy" but instead are "just right"? Here's some advice.
Five finger rule-
1. Choose a book that you think you will enjoy.
2. Read the second page.
3. Hold up a finger for each word you are not sure of, or do not know.
4. If there are five or more words you did not know, you should choose an easier book.
Still think it may not be too difficult? Use the five finger rule on two more pages.
Choose a book that is a good fit for you!
Read two or three pages and ask yourself these questions:
Will it be an easy, fun book to read?
Do I understand what I am reading?
Do I know almost every word?
When I read it aloud, can I read it smoothly?
Do I think the topic will interest me?
If most of your answers were "yes", this will be an easy book to read independently by yourself.
Will this book be too hard for me?
Are there five or more words on a page that I don't know, or am unsure of?
Is this book confusing and hard to understand by myself?
When I read it aloud, does it sound choppy and slow?
If most of your answers were "yes," this book is too hard. You should wait awhile before you read this book. Give the book another try later, or ask an adult to read the book to you.
Tips on reading with your child
When they can't read the word, say…
Can you sound it out?
Can you think of the word or movement that helps you remember that vowel sound?
What is the first and last sound? What word would make sense?
Does it have a pattern that you have seen in other words? (ex-an, ack)
How does the word begin?
You said_______. Does that make sense?
What word would make sense that would start with these sounds?
Put your finger under the word as you say it.
If you are familiar with your child’s reading level, then this website is an excellent resource to find a variety of books that appeal to many different interests.
Mrs. Matus' Third Grade Class Schedule