Today we sent home with your child a Spring Break Journal. Completion of the journal is a family choice...your child may journal on every, some, or none of the pages (there are five pages included)...whatever fits for your family. Journals are due upon your child’s return to school. You don’t need to be traveling in order for your child to participate!
Completion of some or all of the pages is a great way for your child to use the skills gained in the area of language arts...your child will practice the skills of identifying sounds, writing corresponding letters, and reading.
Please encourage your child to write a word or two (or more if they express interest in doing so) on each journal page. The sentence starter “Today I” is at the beginning of each writing line to facilitate your child’s thinking. It would be helpful for him/her to illustrate his/her thinking prior to writing (as a prewriting “exercise”). The picture will assist your child has she/he reflects upon it and starts formulating what should be written.
Please allow your child to make mistakes as he/she spells and writes. Helpful would be asking your child “what sound do you hear coming out of your mouth at the beginning of that word (and the middle and the end)?” Then, “What letter makes that sound?” Also, attached is our letter chart that your child has used all year to help identify sounds/letters. It will be very useful to your child as he/she completes the journal entries.
Please have fun with the Spring Break Journal! As well as illustrations, each page has room for boarding passes, ticket stubs, brochures, pictures, etc.
Thank you for your help! See you in April!