Tuesday, February 20, 2018

School-Home Reading Connections

Brrrr!  Isn't this cold weather perfect for sitting inside, have a warm fire, hot chocolate and a good book to read?  Right?!!  (<:  What a great opportunity to sit down and read with your child.  In the Beginning Edition of our Reading Connections newsletter there is an article about reading poetry and how to make connections with your student.  Cedarhome's library has some wonderful poetry books available for children to check out.  Shel Silverstein is always a favorite! 

Reading Connections - Beginning Edition

The Intermediate Edition discusses how a child's background knowledge helps develop and build reading comprehension.  It shares some ideas on how to activate your child's own background knowledge at home!

Reading Connections - Intermediate Edition

Thursday, January 4, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break, full of family, fun, and READING!  Cedarhome is back on schedule with classes and LAP support.  We will begin our winter Benchmark Assessments Thursday, January 11th, allowing students time to get back to school schedules and routines.  Once assessments are complete, data will be reviewed and new LAP support groups will be formed.

Below are links to January School-Home Reading Connections.  In the Beginner edition there is a great idea for "game night sight words".  An easy and fun way to help your child practice. Be sure to check it out! In the Intermediate edition there is an article on how to help your child be a "word attack whiz".  The strategies given are very similar to what we teach here at school.

School Home Reading Connection, Beginner

School Home Reading Connection, Intermediate

And one last note!  If you choose to "Follow" Cedarhome Elementary's Reading Support Blog you will receive notifications of any new posts!  Give it a try!

Friday, December 15, 2017

School Home Reading Connections

Warm winter wishes! Below are the links to the December School Home Reading Connections.  Be sure to check them out for ideas on how to keep reading fun and interesting during vacation!

School Home Reading Connection, Beginner

School Home Reading Connection, Intermediate

Don't Let Important Growth "Freeze" Over This Winter Break

I'm sure many of you are aware of the "Summer Slide" (see previous blog post of 6/13/17 - Summer Regression, aka "The Summer Slide") but did you know that a winter learning loss can also threaten your child's knowledge and academic growth?  You may think that this small break won't hurt, but it can lead students to lose valuable lessons they've worked so hard to master this past semester!

You may think that the difference between summer and winter break is huge and that it wouldn't be difficult for a student to lose skills after months of not putting them to use. Yet in fact, research has shown that the largest losses in some subjects are experienced within the first two weeks out of school.  Our school district's Winter Break is two weeks, meaning students have plenty of time to lose valuable skills, strategies, and information.  This can be the result of not putting their lessons to use and forgetting about school for a couple of weeks.

Don't take me wrong, it is important for students to have a break from a strict academic routine, but that doesn't mean they (we) should forget about school all together. Look for some fun activities the whole family can participate in that are also educational! Visit our local library, practice writing skills by keeping a winter break journal, play math games, and of course as a Reading Specialist I can't miss this opportunity to remind everyone to READ! Read with your child, read aloud, in the car, listen to books on tape, read new recipes together, anything to keep them reading! Be sure to check out the Home-School Reading Connections for additional ideas. 

Less than two weeks upon their return from winter break students at Cedarhome Elementary will be given winter benchmark assessments to determine if their academic progress is on track. These assessments are also used to determine if a student could possibly need additional reading support through the LAP program or within their classroom. So please, make sure your child(ren) continue reading throughout your holiday!  We would like their assessment results to show their true academic growth so far. Thank you and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Friday, December 1, 2017

School Home Reading Connections

Greetings!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and now it's just a few short weeks before Christmas is upon us! The Title I/LAP Coordinators have been anxiously waiting for our annual subscription to be filled for our School Home Reading Connection newsletters.  It's finally done!

This week we sent home the November newsletter with LAP students.  Yet I believe these newsletter share ideas and information ANY family can use to help encourage and inspire their student(s) to become life long readers. 

I would have liked to begin sharing these with you the end of September, but alas that was not to be. So below are links for the September, October, and November newsletters. Enjoy!


School Home Reading Connections - Bonus Edition, Beginner

School Home Reading Connections - Bonus Edition, Intermediate

October School Home Reading Connections, Beginner

October School Home Reading Connections, Intermediate

November School Home Reading Connections, Beginner

November School Home Reading Connections, Intermediate

Monday, November 27, 2017

Winter Break and Learning Loss

Just a little reminder for parents and families to keep in mind during the holidays from your Cedarhome Reading Specialist! 

     While research shows that children who do not read in the summer months can lose two to three months of reading development, those who do read tend to gain a month of reading proficiency. (1)   Although we don't see that much of a decline following a 2 week winter break, if elementary students disengage from learning activities such as reading or math facts we do see drops in student performance and some slowing of their education progress. I've personally seen it take a week or week and a half for students to get "back into the swing of things"!  Teachers at Cedarhome Elementary encourage their students to continue their nightly reading requirement and gather parent signatures on their reading calendars.  We also encourage them to continue practicing math facts, be it addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.

       Within two weeks upon their return from winter break students will be given winter benchmark assessments to determine if their academic progress is on track.  These benchmark assessments are also used to determine if a student could possibly need additional academic support through the LAP program or within their classroom.  So please, make sure your child(ren) continue reading throughout your holiday!  We would like their assessment results to show their true academic growth so far. Thank you!



(1) Richard Allington & Anne McGill-Franzen. The Impact of Summer Setback on the Reading Achivement Gap. The Phi DeltaKappan. Vol. 85, o.1 (Sept. 2003), pp. 68-75

Friday, November 3, 2017

Title I/LAP Parent Policy

Please click on the link below to view the Stanwood-Camano School District's Title I/LAP Parent Policy and learn more about Cedarhome Elementary's LAP Program.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MMHBYSebOCAhwLttAmgAatM1A_TYcXWE/view?usp=sharing