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Literacy: what do you need?

To our parents and guardians,

We are really excited about our upcoming Family Literacy Night, scheduled for Thursday February 20, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. We are busy planning a lot of activities for you and your family to experience that evening. However, we also really want to know what you need. As families, what questions do you have around supporting your child at home with literacy? Let us know what you would like to know more about and we will use this information in our planning over the next month. There is no such thing as a silly question so please do ask.

Mr. Collins & Ms. Bongard

5 responses to “Literacy: what do you need?

  1. Val Younan January 16, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I’m always interested to know about great books for boys! Traditionally, it’s harder to get boys interested in reading, and once in a while we come upon one [or if we’re lucky, a series!] that they actually WANT to keep reading after their ‘required time’ is finished! So, any suggestions or lists or resources as to what boys [7-10ish] are enjoying to read these days, is helpful. Thanks. V.Y

  2. Mr. Collins - Principal LJPS January 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Another parent asked some questions recently as well. I asked to share them here as they are ones many parents may have. The parent asked:
    “Regarding Family Literacy night, I was wondering how you can help your child with what seems impatience in learning to read. For example, when the child doesn’t recognize the word, instead of sounding it out, he/she looks away and/or guesses. Another response is when the eye catches a letter about 3 or 4 letters into the word and the child thinks the word begins with that letter and then guesses the word or tries to sound it out from there. . . Any guidance in this area would be most appreciated.”

    We will reflect on these as a planning committee.
    Behaviours like these are common for early readers. In Kindergarten for example, we would see children guessing at words as they begin to understand letters, letter sounds and simple words they learn over time. At early ages, we want to encourage as much as possible. A child who uses pictures on the page to make meaning of text is indeed reading.
    One guide that can help parents is from the Ministry of Education: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentGuideLit2012.pdf?

    Keep the questions coming.
    Mr. Collins

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