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Old 06-09-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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That sounds like a fun summer job!

I definitely think it's okay to do something simple when they come in the first day, but since they are exiting K it could be more than just coloring and could double as a quick assessment for you. I'd have them draw a self portrait and write a sentence or two of what they have done this summer or their favorite (fill in the blank). And I do think it would be valuable to do a few simple assessments the first couple of days. Have them do some alphabet review or work work while you are assessing. I don't think you need to do everything, but see where they are with sounds, decoding, blending, rhyming (always hard for my ELLs).

Personally I wouldn't bother with a weekly letter. Maybe an intro letter to hand out the first day explaining what you will be doing and how the parents can help at home, and a final one at the end going over what you did and how they can continue to help.

As for "fun" activities, in my opinion there is always room for a little fun! I would probably do some sort of small group rotations every day where I read with one group, another works on word work or writing, and the other does something "fun" (which may just be making words out of playdough or something like that - not necessarily just free play).

Have fun!
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