We are off to a great start to the 2018-19 school year! Students are finally able to fall into routines now that the heatwave has ended! There are some telling pictures in the blog today showing how hard we have been working! We are noticing how excited students are about books and reading and we could not possibly be more excited about this!
We hope you will join us in a partnership to help your child build reading skills and develop a love for books. We recognize that schedules can be very busy, try to have a basket of books in the back seat of the car and end each day with a story together if possible.
We are always collecting gently used books to pass on to students and we have plenty of books to share if you are looking for more books at home. Feel free to send these in with your child in a bag labeled donations or drop them by the front office.
Our Reading Specialists, Mrs. Blake and Mrs. Ward will be sharing a reading tip each month for you to enjoy:
Reading nightly to your child helps improve oral language and vocabulary development. Cherish the time!
A message from Robin Corsi:
I am excited to be working alongside Melissa Marino in a Principal Residency program this year. This
means that you will see my face and name at Wawaloam quite a bit this year. I am looking forward to
getting to know you and your child.
As part of my work, I will be completing a research-based project that will facilitate equitable learning
and academic growth for all students in our school. I have chosen to focus on literacy for this year. As
you know, literaacy is a cornerstone of early childhood learning. We will be starting some new Literacy
support strategies throughout the building this year that will help your child make progress.
In addition, we are asking you to help support your little reader at home. Reading storybooks every day
at home is essential to a child's learning.
Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of
the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the
written word. ... Even after children learn to read by themselves, it's still important for you to read
aloud together. (Reading Rockets).
Here are links for 2 videos that will help you support your child at home. Please take time to
review them and think about the strategies that are discussed. Your child will benefit and you
will feel the pride of his or her accomplishment!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=korfvEOQb14-- (this video is better for children who can read)
Early Childhood Coordinator