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Read to Walk

Dear Families,

Welcome to a new school year! We hope you had a wonderful summer and enjoyed spending quality time with your child. At SCS we are getting ready to start the new school year with many fun, engaging learning experiences. The purpose of this letter is to explain an improved, expanded approach to language arts we are calling Walk to Read.

This year we are very excited to have aligned the schedules for students in grades 1-4 to be able to offer your child the very best reading instruction using both classrooms and three teachers during language arts time. While Walk to Read is a new approach for grades 1-4 at SCS, it is well-supported by current educational research. We are confident that this will allow us to best meet each child’s needs on the path to becoming the best reader and writer possible.

We know that each year brings new expectations and routines for you and your child to become familiar with. While the biggest adjustment may be our brand new initiative, Walk to Read, use of the classroom structure called Daily 5 will be consistent with prior years. The Daily 5 teaches independence and gives children the skills needed to create a lifelong love of reading and writing. There are 5 tasks students engage in each day:

  • Read to Self

  • Read to Someone

  • Word Work  

  • Listen to Reading

  • Work on Writing.



Each task is introduced individually with well-defined expectations and practiced to mastery. Movement between tasks is also practiced to mastery. Then, we will begin to work in groups. Mrs. Stebbins will teach the Writing focus group, Mrs. Ricker will teach the Word Work (word-building, phonics, and grammar) focus group, and Mrs. Hodge will teach the Reading (comprehension and fluency) group. Each student will work with each teacher. Each student will also work independently. In addition, Ms. Miller will be available during this block of time to work with her students. We are enthusiastic that this new approach will allow for focused, individualized learning that will bring each child to the highest levels of competence possible in a fun and engaging way.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or to share your thoughts. You are welcome to stop by, email, call (603) 246-7082, or send a note in with your child at any time. Enjoy the last few moments of summer!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ricker, Grades 1 and 2

Mrs. Hodge, Grades 3 and 4

Mrs. Stebbins, Title 1     


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