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Our school uses Houghton Mifflin for our reading curriculum. At the beginning of the year we spend a day on each letter and its sound. After we finish previewing all 26 letters, we spend a week on each letter. We learn the Alphafriend that goes with each letter (Andy Apple is for A, Benny Bear is for B...). We do not go in alphabetical order, but do more frequently used letters first. By the time we get to the letter "a", we are ready to start making words. We make a lot of short "a" words (cat, map, ham, and...). By the end of the year, children will be able to read short vowel words (3 and 4 letters long). They will also learn some sight words. These words are not easily sounded out so children memorize them because it makes reading easier. Children feel proud of their ability to read and write by the end of the year. Activities become more difficult as children learn more reading skills.

Reading Homework

Your child will start the year with a letter sound sheet and a book to read each night. They will have letter sound sheets in both Spanish and English. We will have practiced this many times in school before it goes home so your child should know how to say it. They quickly say the sounds and you check off the box on the homework sheet.

Then they will have a book to read. Spanish books go home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. English books go home on Mondays and Wednesdays. Your child will have practiced reading this book at least twice at school before they bring it home. At the beginning of the year, children often have the book memorized. As the year goes on they are actually able to read the books. After reading their book please check off the box on the homework sheet and sign. 

All books need to be returned to school unless your child's name is written on them. They can keep those reading books, but please read those with your child as well.