"All things seem possible in May."
- Edwin Way Teale
Here are the general expectations for "no stress" homework:
* READ! Every night, dig into something amazing and fun -- a book (or more) that you just can't put down!
* Commit to three 30-minute blocks of ST Math work each week. You choose which three nights fit the family schedule. Zearn will be assigned as needed to support our daily math work.
Tuesday: Physical Education
Friday: Guidance (alternate weeks)
Chorus (each week)
5/1 - Welcome back!
5/5 - Annual Dodgeball Tournament at SHS
5/19 - Fisk School Spring Concert at SHS
5/15 - 6/3 Spring Assessment Window: NH-SAS, i-Ready, Reading Benchmarks
A Typical Day
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. - Announcements/Pledge/Mindful Moment
9:00 - 10:00 - Math
10:00 - 10:45 - Writing Workshop
10:45 - 11:15 - Word Study or ST Math
11:15 a.m. - 11:55 p.m. - weekly "Specials": (Art, Music, P.E. ...)
12:00 - 12:45 - recess and lunch
12:45 - 1:40 - Reading Workshop
1:40 - 2:10 - Intervention Block and Reading Support
2:15 - 2:55 - Social Studies or Science/coding
3:00 p.m. - Dismissal
Bringing Up Bookmonsters:The Joyful Way to Turn Your Child into a Fearless Ravenous Reader by A & A. Ankowski - Aimed at parents of kids younger than ten, this is a helpful guide to nurturing a lasting love of reading. It provides practical, engaging ways to incorporate literacy into daily routines. Suggestions include ways to develop spelling skills and vocabulary - all with a light touch. The main goal of Bookmonsters is to create an always-growing need to read. (Workman: May, 2021)
How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul & Maria Russo - Wow! The authors of this valuable guide have given parents (and teachers, librarians, grandparents, children's care-givers - all who value literacy) a priceless gift. This wise, accessible, and reassuring book is packed with terrific advice, inspiring tips, and highly appealing, current book suggestions. The authors' knowledge and enthusiasm make this a true pleasure to read. HTRAR delivers on its promise to help foster a "a lifelong love of books”. Spread the word, this is a gem! (Workman Publishing Co., September 2019)
The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan C. Gurdon - Reading aloud to children, both as a teacher and a parent, has provided me with some of the most enjoyable time that I have ever experienced. Gurdon’s book describes, with passion and the authority, the seemingly endless benefits of this simple practice. “For everyone, reading aloud engages the mind in complex narratives; for children, it’s an irreplaceable gift that builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories and pictures”. Convincing research and practical advice are presented in a readable, encouraging way. (Harper, January 2019)