I have completed a Letters and Sounds Assessment as well as a PM Benchmark reading assessment in order to learn more about your child’s literacy abilities. This information will simply be used for my records in order to ensure students are reading appropriately leveled books and receiving pertinent instruction. Now that I have collected this information, students will begin using our Junior Primary ‘Home Reading Library’ today. It is located in the Learning Support classroom beside Grade 1A. This ‘Home Reading Library’ was created so that students could borrow a new book on their reading level everyday to be brought home and read to their parents and/or family members. The intention is that students are to read their book to you on their own and then put it in their bag to be returned to school the next day so that they may borrow a new book. Students will still have the chance to visit the school Library and borrow books of interest once a week with their class. The return policy for the ‘Home Reading Library’ will work the same as the school Library in that they will have to return the previously borrowed book before they can borrow a new book. Misplaced or lost books must be reported to your child’s classroom teacher as soon as possible and they will help connect you with the school Librarian in order for you to cover the cost of lost or misplaced books. We encourage that you let us know immediately if a book has been misplaced or lost in order for you to quickly pay for the book so that your child can continue to practice their literacy skills on a nightly basis. Attached is a Tips for the ‘Home Reading Program’ handout so that you can have a better understanding what your daily role is in this program. We have also sent home a double sided handout for you to read prior to beginning this program with your child. If you have any questions or you would like further explanation, please come and see me or send me an email to set up a chat time.
Thank you for your cooperation and support in helping to foster our young and budding readers!