Back to School Night

It was a pleasure to see so many families during our Back to School Night on September 29th.  I still have many 4th and 5th grade Take-It/Make-It envelopes.  Please send me a message by your student if you would like some reading games to build vocabulary at home.

Welcome Back!!!

Welcome to a wonderful new school year with great possibilities.  We are going to sail and go on many adventures through reading this year.  Get ready to put on your life vest and prepare for the trip of your life.

The Spring Title 1 Program is April 28th beginning at 5:45.  Parents will have the opportunity to visit next year’s classroom to learn expectations of the 2015-2016 school year and then will see their students perform.

Spring Break

Students need to enjoy their spring break, but at the same time take time to read.  If the weather is nice, let your child read outside.

Here are a few terms Grades 3-5 need to know.  Have your students practice these terms.

Synonyms-two or more words that mean almost the same thing.  Ex. happy-glad       Antonyms-two or more words that are opposite in meaning.  Ex. question-answer  Homophones-two or more words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and do not mean the same thing.  Ex. there, they’re, their

Prefixes-a group of letters added to the beginning of the word to change its meaning.  Examples:  disagree     prewrite     reorganize                                                                     Suffixes-a group of letters added at the end of the word to change its meaning.                    Examples:   careless   careful   quickly   stronger

Fifth Graders need to know common roots such as:

phono=sound      port= carry    aqua=water    graph=to write      auto=self     bio=life      ex=out   tri=three   meter=measure    micro=small    sub=under    geo=earth

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month.  Read poetry with your children and have your children make up their own poem.  Here is a quick poem frame your children can use to become a great poetry writer.

                  Who Am I?

I am scared when _______________________,                                                                 but I’m brave when ___________________.

I am sad when ________________________,                                                                         but I’m happy when __________________.

I am excited when ______________________,                                                                     but I’m calm when ___________________.

I am serious when __________________,                                                                          but I’m silly when ___________________.

My feelings are deep.                                                                                                           My feeling are wide.                                                                                                             My feeling flow side by side.

Poem Frame adapted from Scholastic, Inc.

March Reading Madness

March was reading month at BGE.  Our students read many books and met many challenges.  Randolph Macon College and Caroline High School athletes visited on March 17th; reading and playing activities with our students.  Many community volunteers read to our students on March 18th and throughout the month.  The Flying Squirrels mascot visited BGE encouraging students to read, and many students earned a free ticket to a Flying Squirrels game.  Our whole school read Mysteries According to Humphrey and our very own Humphrey visited classrooms throughout the month of March.  Through our many activities, students realized reading is a wonderful adventure.

Happy New Year!

Please make a New Year’s Resolution to make reading a priority in your household. Children should be reading each night independently or with a parent.  Find a cozy,quiet spot for reading.  After reading, ask questions about what was read or let your child summarize what he/she has read.  If the parent reads, let the child ask the questions for the parent to answer.  Make reading a fun activity in your home.



Tips for Summer Reading

  • Have plenty of books, books on tape, magazine, and other reading materials around for kids to read.  Keep books in the car and make sure a good book gets tucked into sports’ bags and campers’ backpacks.
  • Get your child his/her own library card.  Take your child to the library often and browse for books and enjoy special activities.
  • Help your child select books on topics he/she is interested in and on his/her reading level.  A simple rule of thumb for helping your child select books at his/her reading level is to have them choose a page in the book (not the first one) and read it orally.  If he/she doesn’t know five or more words, then the books is too hard for pleasure reading.
  • Connect reading with other summer activities.  For example, read books about places you will go over the summer or things you will be doing. Perhaps you will visit the beach or go camping; there are many good books about the beach and camping!
  • Set goals and reward reading.  Reward reading with more reading.  If your child finishes one book, stop by the store or library and let him/her pick out another book.
  • Let your kids see you read.  Read the newspaper over your morning coffee, take a magazine from the rack in the doctor’s office while you wait, or stuff a paperback into your purse, pocket, or briefcase.  Your kids will catch on to the fact that reading is something you like to do in your spare time.
  • Make reading together fun and memorable.  Even if your child is a super reader, he/she still loves to hear you read aloud.  You may want to use different voices for different characters when you read.  Reading together is a time for closeness and cuddling – another way to show your love as a caring adult.
  • Write your child a letter or note and leave it somewhere in the house.  Children love to read letters and notes you write them.  You may want to leave clues as to where you put the letter.  Make it a fun time.
  • Read it, then do it.  Does your child want to learn magic tricks? Juggling? Computer games?  There’s sure to be a book that can help.  Have your child the instructions and then give it a try.
  • Does your child like to help you cook?  Have your child choose a recipe to cook and read the directions together.  Following directions is important and this is just another way to keep your child reading throughout the summer.