I thought you may enjoy the following:
1) Joy is Universal (pictures of children playing)
Summer has officially kicked in. So far, I’ve read a handful of novels and many picture books. Don’t forget to visit the VPL at least once per week as it’s the best and cheapest way to feed this great habit. Reading (especially in French) during summer is important. I like to borrow lots of books even though I don’t always read them all.
Book recommendations for students:
L’Agent Jean – I’ve purchased #1 for the school but I don’t know if it’s on the shelves yet. #4 & #5 are currently available at the VPL too. (I’d also suggest that you ask the VPL to purchase the entire series – it’s a great one to have!)
What Body Part Is That? -99.9% fact free. Great book for developing and dormant readers!
Bine #1 – Very advanced. Super funny! Only 1-2 students this year could have read and understood what is going on in the story. I’m recommending it anyway in case previous years’ parents are still reading this blog.
Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life - Many girls will like this one. I plan on finishing it today.
Book recommendations for parents:
Ordinary Beauty – recommended by Ms. Hong, our teacher librarian – loved that book!
The Orenda – I met the author last time I was in Seattle. Great guy! (and he’s Canadian too)
Your child should also continue reviewing his/her basic math facts during the summer break. Many students continue to have problems remembering the basics. Their Xtra Math account is still valid, if needed. (email address needed to log in is firstname.lastname@example.org – a PIN has been shared with your child already but let me know if he/she forgot) Five to ten minutes or practice per day isn’t much but it will definitely pay off in the long run.
I’ve also asked that all students take their JUMP 4.1 & 4.2 or 5.1 & 5.2 home for the summer. As I’ve mentioned it in the past, there is still a lot to cover to be able to catch up in Math. I’ve noticed some concepts weren’t taught in the previous years so it would help if your child tried to do some work at home. I, too, found it challenging to teach everyone everything so there is no one to blame here. I simply want to bring it up so that you can be aware of the situation. I love all my students and each one of them is wonderful but when they are kept together in one big group, there are lots of challenges to deal with and teaching sometimes comes second.
Important: Please do not recycle the JUMP assessment books as I’d like to use them next year, should your child require more support with certain concepts.
Thanks for your ongoing support. I hope you are enjoying the sunshine…