- Please return library books by next Thursday for exchange.
- April's Family Project (kite and tail) is welcome at any time.
- Wednesday, April 18 BEST will be hosting an Axis Theatre presentation in the gym at 8:45. You are welcome to join us.
- Friday, April 20 is a Fresh Air Friday.
- Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day and BEST will be participating in activities on Friday April 20, as well as doing a garbage pick up around our school.
- BEST PAC is sponsoring its annual meat fundraiser from April 4-17. Order forms have been sent home. Meat to be delivered and picked up on May 3.
- Please sign and return the report card envelope for our last reporting period of the year.
- Mark your calendar for the 4th annual Meet The Machine on Saturday, April 21 at the Kamloops Pow Wow Grounds.
- The BEST April newsletter can be found here.
- April sight words are: all, boy, his, girl, not, some, that, what. Please feel free to practice them at home.
This week we began Listen to Reading using the Chromebooks, which was an exercise in frustration for some of Team Awesome as they are used to tapping a screen and the eye/ hand coordination required to use a touch pad and cursor was new. Listen to Reading provides pronunciation and expression models that can only come from hearing fluent and expressive examples. In other words, it is a model of what good reading sounds like. Hearing a book read helps children see how the words on the page can come alive in a fluid, expressive way. It helps them focus on the sounds of words read without interruption and gives them practice listening — a skill that they must master in order to learn to read. Audio books emphasize reading as a source of pleasure rather than a skill, and make children eager to learn how to read. Beyond their sheer enjoyment of audio books, children also develop a sense of narrative structure and understanding of language. And the children can choose to listen to the books they are interested in, giving them a sense of independence and autonomy. It also adds to those research- recommended 90 minutes per day that children should be interacting with books. So win-win all around!
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