Preparing for GR1 Reading Requirements and a Reading Light Review

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I am very surprised at the expectation for reading coming out of Kindergarten these days.  Not sure if my memory is failing me in my old age, but I recall kids eating glue and maybe being able to read a few simple words such as cat or dog when I was in Kindergarten.

In preparing for Grade 1 this September, we went to a parent’s meeting a little while ago to ensure we were informed about what to expect since it was a fairly big transition for most kids.  There was a focus on what reading level they should be at by that time – level 6.  I had no idea what level Ella was at and went home and asked her.  She told me she thought she was at level 2 which put me into worry mode thinking she might be behind!  I later found out from asking her teacher that she was at level 4.  Funny thing is that I thought she was reading really well for a child in Kindergarten and would have guessed that she was ahead of where she needed to be not behind.  The reality was much different from my assumptions! (more…)

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Ready for Back to School? Don’t lose another item!

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Everyone who has sent a child to daycare, school and/or camps knows that regardless of how distinctive the hat or other clothing item is, the teacher or camp counsellor will not remember who it belongs to if it gets separated from your child.  Inevitably something gets lost or you have to search through the pile of items in the lost and found to retrieve the item.  That’s why I went label happy!

A few months ago, I was contacted by Sticker Kid and was given samples of labels to try.  So that’s exactly what I did.  It’s taken me a few months to write this post as I truly wanted to put them to the test.  So I am happy to report that Ella and I have put them to the test for the last four months (at school and many camps).

lunch container before and after (more…)

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