We remain committed to the goal that all of our Hilburn Hawks will read at or above grade level and enjoy the reading they do. Hopefully, you and your student(s) established some reading goals last week; we have more tips this week. Thank you, again, to Ms. Stout for her help!
Literacy Tip #2: Help your student select appropriately challenging books.
Your readers need access to higher-level reading materials, and that can mean just slightly above their current capabilities. Even our most advanced readers need encouragement to select books that are a bit more difficult. To help your reader find appropriate books, ask his or teacher, check out the Vanderbilt Library Page for listings of popular Children’s and Young Adult Book Award Winners, or try Lexile.com.
Literacy Tip #3: Guide your student to read wide.
Even readers who read appropriately challenging books tend to stick to a favorite genre or two. When doing this, they are missing out on experiencing other genres and learning from what those genres have to teach. Challenging readers to broaden their reading genre horizon is imperative.
- Yes, we have a policy called Chew Time! Chew Time allows our K-5 students to focus on eating their lunches for the first 5 to 10 minutes of the lunch period. During this period, students are asked to be silent and focused on the business of eating so they do not leave the cafeteria hungry.
- If you were unable to meet with your child’s teacher last week and still wish to do so, please reach out. Our teachers are happy to discuss each child’s progress.
- Another middle-school club is up and running! If your student is interested in being a part of The Helping Hawks, our service club, please send him/her to Mrs. Eby in the STEAM Building. This club will meet on Tuesdays after school.
- Our middle-school students enjoyed their dance Friday afternoon. Thank you to the parents who organized, decorated, chaperoned and cleaned up, and a special thank you from us to Tara Kramling, who led the planning!