Parent Connection Newsletter 3

Parent Connection Newsletter #3

All parents want their children to become better readers. The Connection Newsletter provides parents with ideas and links to resources to help their children learn to read more fluently. This post contains Issue #3.

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The Parent Connection Newsletter Content

Tips for Parents

What does the story mean? 

Stop at natural breaks in the story and ask questions. Avoid questions with “yes” or “no” answers.

Instead, ask questions such as:

  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Which character in the story did you like the best? Why?
  • What was the setting of the story?
  • Who was telling the story?
  • What was the most exciting part of the story?
  • Retell the story in your own words.
  • What was the funniest, saddest, or scariest part of the story?

Free Online Resources

Boy Reading

Each of these six websites provides free tools to help your child create his/her own story books.

Thinking out of the Box

Mother with Daughter

One way to get your child writing is to ask him/her to help you create lists. Here are a few lists you could try:

  • Shopping lists
  • Suggested gifts to consider for family members for the upcoming holiday
  • “To Do” lists
  • Things to pack for  a trip
  • Activities your child wants to do during the holiday break
  • Wish Lists  ~ This could include activities as well as objects.

Activity to Try


Play Pictionary. You don’t need to run out and buy the board game. Make up your own list of words to draw. Be sure to include various words such as words with prefixes, compound words, verbs, adjectives, or even your child’s current list of vocabulary words. Write the words on strips of paper for the game.

You will need two teams or players. The first player selects a word and reads it silently. Start a timer. The player must then draw pictures of the word to show its meaning while the other team/player tries to guess the word. Record the time it took to guess the word correctly.

The next player/team takes a turn using a different word. Again, the timer records the time. After several rounds, the team/player with the least total time wins the game.

Teacher Information about the Parent Connection Newsletter

Creating Storybooks

This month one of the major units we are covering in class is writing narratives. I decided to encourage writing at home by listing websites where students can create storybooks. It is a great time of the year to have students create books as they make wonderful Christmas gifts for grandparents. The link to the resource page above is an image, so you can’t click to see the websites I found; however, by clicking on Issue #3 below you can download the pdf file. On this file the link is clickable.

Gay Miller

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    • Stephanie on April 30, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I can’t seem to get the link in the newsletters to work. Is it not active anymore? If it isn’t, would you be willing to share an editable version of these newsletters so that I can take that part out.

    1. I just checked. The links at the bottom of the post all work.

    • Arlene on May 30, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Printed your newsletters and will use them next year. They are great ideas to share with parents. Thanks.

    1. You’re welcome!

        • Keri on August 31, 2016 at 2:57 pm

        Absolutely love these! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Zannell on June 27, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you so much, these are wonderful.

    • Ashley on June 28, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    These are wonderful! I am excited to use them this upcoming school year! Thanks so very much for sharing!

    • RK on July 11, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you! Love these

    • Angela on July 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    You ROCK! Just what I was looking for to share with the parents of my LLI students! Thank you!

    • JW on July 24, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    These are fantastic, thank you so much!

    • Christine on August 26, 2016 at 9:26 am

    This is absolutely FABULOUS of you! Thank you SO MUCH! 🙂

    • Alicia on August 28, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you…very helpful!

    • Chrissy on August 31, 2016 at 10:26 am

    These are wonderful! Do you have a version in Spanish? Or could I get an editable version so I can translate them?

    1. Hi Chrissy,

      E-mail me at

    • Megan on March 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    These are amazing resources! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Angela on August 22, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your amazing documents! These are awesome

    • Amy on August 27, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Hi! Love these. Do you happen to have them in Spanish as well?

    1. Thank you! I’m sorry. I do not have them in Spanish.

    • Natalie Farriw on August 30, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks so much! I love these. I too, need them translated. Is there a blank template? I could get them translated and share them with you. Thank you!!

    1. Hi Natalie,

      Sorry, I don’t have an editable version since they contain clipart.

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