October 30, 2017—Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student achievement and well-being. This month’s Home-School Connections (Pdf)  features:
- Literacy Based Play – Studies show that children involved in rich complex pretend play, tend to use more advanced language and higher levels of narrative structure than they do in other play situations. Parent Tip: Encourage your child to tell and re-enact stories during play.
- Building Habits of Understanding – Parents can help their child to learn about himself or herself and the world through reading. Ask connecting questions such as:
- What is it that pulled you into this book?
- What are you thinking as you read this book?
- You seem to be really enjoying this book. What makes it good?
- How do you feel about the writing?
- Read with your child every day. It is the most important thing you can do to help your child learn to read and write and succeed in school
- Talk Moves – Accountable talk is talk that responds to and builds on what others have said. It is a focused, collaborative and supports developing voice and identity in the learning. View ideas for adolescent learners and key messages for parents. 
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]