Writing checklist

writer's eyeI came across this great poster at Zeek’s Zoo that reminds students to check their writing. You may like to download a free copy for home. Click on this poster to take you to the site and scroll down until you see it.

Students need to remember the audience that will be reading their writing. Will it be easy to read? Some students still need reminders to leave spaces between words and to use capital letters appropriately. thisisveryhardtoread

To read more about punctuation refer to the previous blog- Reading Punctuation.


report writingI don’t know who created this version of Mona Lisa but it accurately sums up report writing time! It might be a very busy time, but it is also a time of reflection and celebration. I never cease to be amazed at how much progress the students have made when l  look back at their earliest records and compare them with their most recent achievements.

There is also some extra learning that will need to happen before the end of the year and l am always hopeful that there will be enough time…

I recently met with my Reading Recovery tutor and a colleague to plan our last professional development session for the year. Part of it will be sharing the ways that we report to parents, classroom teachers and the school council, and we will discuss ways of improving our communication. I hope that you know that you do not have to wait for a written report to find out how your children are going. I catch up with some of you as we pass in the corridor. You are always welcome to drop by before school for a chat.

Meanwhile, back to writing reports ….

Literacy terms explained

literacy termsSometimes you may come across a word in a report or a communication from the teacher /  school  that you would like explained. Or your child might tell you he / she is learning about something and you do not know what this means. You can always ask for more information from the teachers at SAEPS.

As well, Becky Spence (M.Ed Reading) has a website called thisreadingmama.com which has a list of many useful literacy terms and definitions (about reading and writing).

Just some of the terms covered are: book awareness, print awareness, reading level, reversals, phonemic awareness, retell, prior knowledge, and lots of others. Mrs Spence has also included many links to further information, and ideas to use with your children.

Reading levels and strategies

easy textI have added a new page to the menu bar called Levels.

As the students move through the reading levels, they are required to build upon what they already know and to gradually demonstrate a shift towards independence.

The new page contains a summary of the expected skills at each reading level BUT it is only a guide. Children rarely move through any predetermined list of behaviours in the same order as each other. Some skills / strategies will need a lot of revision, and others may be well knownlonger text before the levels listed on the page.

The aim is to always read fluently and to seek to understand what is being read.

Sight Vocabulary 2

sight gamesIn the last post l wrote about the importance of learning to read (and write) many commonly used words called sight vocabulary. This frees up more time and energy for solving new words.

Here is another link to many ideas that you might like to check out, and perhaps inspire you to play some games at home to help your child to revise or learn some words.

You might recall word games that you may have played such as Snap, Go Fish or Concentration. There are many sight vocabulary card games available (quite cheaply) at shops such as K Mart.