We hope you and your child enjoy this Mid-Winter Recess vacation. We encourage you to rest, explore the world around you, and provide our children with lots of opportunities to question and seek the great volumes of knowledge around them. As always, we are encouraging you to continue fostering an environment at home that promotes reading and learning. Research continues to show that the more our children read and have good experiences with books, the smarter and more articulate they will become. Our children are accustomed to reading independently at school on a daily basis. They are also accustomed to engaging in rich book discussions. We know that you will continue these practices during the break and that you will encourage them to read, read, read and read everyday.
Students in Grades K are requested to read or be read to for 30 minutes EVERY DAY. We encourage you to provide an environment for them to engage in a book discussion with one of their adults at home. Our children should also be encouraged to take picture walks in their books, and also share their thoughts with someone else.
Students in Grades 1 and 2 are requested to read or be read to for 60 minutes EVERYDAY (this reading MUST be broken up into two or three sessions). They must then complete their Reading Logs, and engage in a book discussion with an adult at home. We also encourage picture Walks, and an opportunity for our students to make inferences and predictions about what they see throughout the book.
I encourage you all to take our children to the various museums and public libraries throughout the city.
Your Partner In Education,