Tuesday, August 04, 2015

We All Can Be Partners in Reading

by Susan O'Regan, Children's House Room 3 Teacher

Partners in Reading (PIR) is a way for beginning readers in the Children’s House to have another opportunity to practice their emerging skills.  PIR brings new people into the classrooms. It is a wonderful way for LMS staff members who do not have a classroom position to get to know our students.  

Administration and staff commit to 30 minutes a week in a classroom as listeners as well as readers.  Our students may choose to read to these listeners during their visit or be read to. When young readers are beginning the process of decoding words they are enthusiastic and want to practice as much as possible. The children eagerly look forward to reading to their PIR friends when they visit their classrooms each week.  

Our CH students also love to see their PIR friends around campus. Many times a child will run up to a PIR friend on the playground and greet them with a smile.  The students inevitably ask if they are coming back soon to listen to them read. It is clear that both young readers and listeners enjoy the opportunity to spend time together!

In CH3, Kathleen Kerr, our school nurse, volunteers her time each week and we really appreciate her commitment.  She listens attentively as a few children practice reading and then discuss the stories they have read aloud.

And parents…you too can be a partner in reading from the comfort of your own living room! Here are a few suggestions for listening to your child read at home: 
  • Have a conversation with your children about the book they are reading. What is it about?  What has happened so far?  What do they think will happen next?
  • If children are just beginning to read, take time to look at the illustrations. Younger children are attracted to the pictures; they help the children to understand the words in the story.
  • You can also discuss the characters in the story. Who are the characters?  What are they doing? How do they feel?  What do they think will happen to the main character?  
  • When a child does not know a word, ask them to try it and then tell them what it is if necessary.  If a child misreads a word you do not always need to correct your child, sometimes it is best to just let it go.
  • Please remember to use lots of praise and encouragement. The goal is for your child to become more confident in their reading skills. 
  • The most important recommendation I am offering is to engage your child in conversations.
So, parents, join the list of esteemed LMS reading partners Aline, Rebecca, Kathleen, Mike, Jennifer and Margie and the many others who read, listen and guide our emerging readers on their journeys into the wide world of written words. Have fun and enjoy reading and listening to your child read to you. Happy reading! 

In case you missed it - Montessori Across the Ages, Take 2 

A full length video of the alumni/alumni parent panel from Montessori Across the Ages is avaialble for viewing. Click here!
Coming soon (to a password-protected page) - video clips from current LMS student presentations at this year's Montessori Across the Ages. Stay tuned! 

Check it Out 

To all LMS Parents, from BASP
Your child(ren) are invited to join us for a few hours of holiday cookie decorating, playing games and a movie. 
LMS Holiday Play Date
Where: Lexington Montessori School (Elementary building)
When: December 8th, 2012
Time: 12-4pm
Price: $35 per child
Who: All Children 1st-6th grades (open to the public)
During the holidays parents need time to finish shopping, wrapping, decorating, cleaning or just take a break from it all! Drop your kid(s) off for a great time with friends and our LMS staff.  
Contact Alisha acropper@lexmontessori.org for more information 
Please note: Children should be fed before attending.  Registration is on a first come first served basis
Sign up for Basketball !
The LMS team is open to all LMS 5th through 8th grade girls and boys, and plays against other schools in the Montessori Athletic Conference.
If your child is interested in participating, please fill out the attached form and return to Kristen Neuschaefer, along with the registration fee, by Monday, December 10th.
The first practice is Wednesday, December 12th at 3:15pm

Spotlight on ...Upper Elementary Science Expo

Tuesday, December 18th, from 3:00 - 6:00pm
Upper Elementary students are currently preparing presentations on sustainability topics taught this term. Areas of study include:
Systems Thinking

Come see the student-created exhibitions!


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