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Reading Workshop

Your children have learned our first two routines of Reading Workshop! 

The first was to learn to choose books for independent basket reading.  The reading takes place in a cozy, child-chosen spot in our classroom.  Tally marks are used to keep track of books read.

The second was to read leveled books independently and then to fill out schema connection booksheets.  Our "schema" is everything we know.  Therefore, comprehension is turned on when we begin to acknowledge what a book reminds us of--which is why we often refer to our "schema".

Soon, retelling routines will be modeled so students will be ready to work on retells with our classroom volunteers. During a retell, students work one-on-one with an adult.  Retell information is recorded on the back of every other booksheet. In a retell, students list the characters and setting in an independently read book.  Then they dictate (to the volunteer) a brief retelling of what happened in the story.

Nonfiction retells are a bit different.  First graders identify the topic and share two or three facts found in the book.

On Monday, we will begin to practice ways to read to one another.  We call this Paired Reading.  Please stay tuned for the "rest of the story" which I will post next week! 


Math Homework

This year, the first-grade team has decided to send our unit-by-unit math games home as homework instead of assigning worksheets.  Our hope is that families will play these games with their first graders many times.  Your children should become so familiar with the game directions that they will begin to look for and share strategies, as well as, thoughtful observations regarding their ever-evolving concept of number.

Soon you will have access to this year's First Grade Information Folder. Within it, there is a very thorough article titled, "Why Play Games?".  It was written by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics two years ago.  This should help you to understand why we feel games are important enough to play a few nights a week instead of working through more traditional homework sheets.

Please check your child's backpack tonight. You will find a "game bag" with a die inside.  This game bag should be housed in the backpack so we can add new game pieces as needed.  The new game for tonight is called Penny-Dice.


Classroom Volunteers

Volunteering at Rowe begins the week of October 19th. My hope is to line up ten volunteers to help during Reading Workshop every week. Please consider coming in one day a week from 10:10 to 11:00.  We still have openings for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Please remember that we have scheduled a Volunteer Orientation for those who have never attended one.  It will take place in Rowe's gym on Tuesday, September 19, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and in the library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thank you!