Dear Norwood- Fontbonne Families,
It was a pleasure seeing so many of you yesterday at our Advent Liturgy. It was a beautiful start to the season for our community of faith. Thank you to all who participated and planned the liturgy.
When we unpacked what always seems like a limitless supply of boxed Christmas gear at home this year, it’s been a trip down memory lane as I am sure it is for all of you. A favorite box for me is always the collection of Christmas books we have gathered over the years. It’s always fun to reconnect with old friends like a Christmas Carol, The Gift of the Magi, or a Visit from St. Nick. Reading together as a family doesn’t just build family unity and shared memories, it also develops strong literacy skills.
Reading aloud with children is one of the best ways to build stronger vocabulary, strengthen literacy skills, and build a love of reading. Even when students have become independent readers their skills can be increased and vocabulary expanded when exposed to more challenging material read to them. Typically a student’s comprehension ability will be 1-2 years ahead of their reading ability. Don’t let those older kids fool you, they still need to read aloud. It encourages their advancement and they love the time with you. I strongly encourage you to build a family habit of reading aloud. Even a few minutes or pages before bed has an impact. Does it have to be every night? Of course not. We are realists but figure out the routine that works for you. Besides the academic benefit, it builds in settling time to improve better sleep which is honestly probably the best thing you can do for a productive school day.
Below please find a few additional resources on Read Aloud and Literacy:
As you prepare for Christmas, I encourage you to select some gifts that support positive literacy development. The article below has some excellent recommendations for gifts for students of all ages and genders.
I hope you all have enjoyed another beautiful week of advent as we prepare for Christmas. We look forward to seeing you this week and hope that you will join us on Wednesday for our Annual Christmas concert at 7:00 PM in the Commons and on Saturday come out and show your NFA pride as we participate in the Chestnut Hill Christmas parade. We will gather in the OMC parking at approximately 8:30 AM for a 9:00 AM kick off. Wear your festive Christmas hats!
Blessings and peace,
Ryan Killeen, Ed.D.