On the evening of September 11, from 6pm – 7pm, Charlotte talked to KMES parents and staff about what parents can do to support learning, specifically writing, at home while teachers and staff support students at school. If you were unable to attend the “Parent Night with Charlotte Knox”, you can now view it online (click the blue text). Many thanks to Tom Pohl for recording this event for our parents and community!
At the parent night, Charlotte impressed upon parents the importance of reading. She shared data that illustrates the direct correlation between current and future student success and how much students read each day.
Also, two websites were mentioned that can help support student reading:
The first is a book club site, Spaghetti Book Club. This is the largest site of children’s book reviews written and illustrated by kids for kids. The second website mentioned, Scholastic Book Wizard, can be used to choose those “just right” books for your child.
What are some of the things you can you do as a parent to support your child’s learning at KMES? First, get interested in what your child is reading. In the video, Charlotte gives examples of the types of questions to ask your students about their books. Students at KMES are tested for reading proficiency and comprehension. If you find that your child is having a hard time deciding what to read, ask your child’s teacher what level books your child is reading in class. Then use the Book Wizard mentioned above with your child to choose other books that might be interesting at his or her level. If the books are not available at the school library, the public library is likely to have them. Also, have your child check out the Spaghetti Book Club. Perhaps reading the opinions of other kids will inspire her or him to read the same book.
Secondly, ask your child what they are doing in class and how well they are doing. Every other week, students will be checking off standards they have learned in their binders. Ask your child’s teacher to see the binder at the upcoming goal setting conferences.
Finally, ask your child’s teacher how you can support the writing projects in their class. Perhaps you can volunteer time to help students word process or bind final projects. Whatever the project, teachers will always have ideas for how you can volunteer.