October 9th-13th is Fall Break. Please take the time to read with your children in any language you feel comfortable. Make sure you ask some WH questions. Who, what, when and where or how. See if your child can connect with the story or ask why they pick this story. Also, enjoy spending time with your child. Here is an idea of a conversation started jar. Sometimes I have trouble getting my kids to talk, to open up. I found if I start with "different" questions, than, "How was school." we can actually have a conversation. web.kidsactivitiesblog.com/4594/family-conversation-starters. For our students that are new to the English language, try to ask questions in both your native language and in English. (when possible) Remember that are beginning English speakers may not know the word for dog collar or sidewalk. Think of expanding their thinking when it comes to water: we have ponds, lakes, rivers, and creeks. Explain how they are different. We also spent some time on idioms and homophones this week. The students had a lot of fun learning about idioms and how silly they sound. They liked using homophones incorrectly (on purpose) and correcting each other. I've included a couple of fun web-sites for students to go to. www.vocabulary.co.il/idioms/ www.learninggamesforkids.com/vocabulary_games/homophones-games.html. Enjoy your Fall Break and try to relax.