Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Choosing a Good Fit Book

As part of our Year three tamariki learning to read for a sustained period of time - 'Read to Self', we will be teaching them this week to be able to choose a good fit book.

We will compare choosing a good fit book to choosing the right shoes to wear. I own a pair of nice warm slippers, but I wouldn't wear them in the snow. 
Choosing the right fit book should feel right, like a good pair of shoes designed for the task you are completing.

These visuals will help you encourage your tamariki to choose good fit books at home, online, and at the library:

Year Three Daily 5 - Learning to Read to Self

This week our year three tamariki have been learning the first part of our new Daily 5 programme - Read to Self.

We've talked about what being independent means, and completed an 'I' chart as a hub. The I chart is our behavioural expectations during 'Read to Self' time.

We've also talked about the importance of building stamina while reading to self.

We are practising building our reading to self stamina by following our behavioural I chart and being able to do it for a longer period each day.

Our goal is to be able to read to ourselves for 20 minutes. To be able to read for a sustained period of time is really important in these children's reading journey. 

We encourage you to let your tamariki choose their own reading material now, and read a book for a period of 20 minutes each night. This reading can be recorded as their home learning instead of the books they bring home.

You can visit the library to allow them to choose their own books, or use these online sources:

Furry Visitors to the Pukeko Hub

On Friday we had a couple of furry visitors in our hub.

Our tamariki were really excited to meet Archie's new pet guinea pig - Pooping Pete.

And Archer's new pet puppy Trevor.

Treaty of Waitangi

On Thursday we learnt about The Treaty of Waitangi.

We learnt that Waitangi Day is on the 6th February each year and it is to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi which happened on that day.

We learnt that is an agreement was made in 1840 (a very long time ago, nearly 200 years ago!!) between the British Crown and Māori.

That the agreement was "The promise of two peoples to take the best possible care of each other".

These are the conditions of our founding document:

1. That the queen (or king) of England has the right to rule over New Zealand.

2. That Māori chiefs would keep their land and their chieftainships, and would agree to sell their land only to the British monarch.

3. That all Māori would have the same rights as British subjects.

The tamariki completed a task with the Māori flag and the Union Jack - ensuring that the colours were correct to show manaakitanga (respect) to flags.

We then split into our Year Two and Year Three groups to create our own class treaty, so we can all get along and take care of each other at school.