Our reading and math groups are in full swing as students are engaged in their differentiated instructional levels. Today I had the opportunity to visit all classes, Kindergarten – sixth grade, and I observed pairs of students in deep conversations about their novels, whole class lessons on the author’s purpose in writing, a small group of students predicting what the story would be about in their new book, a class of students digging into dictionaries to find vocabulary words from their reading, and much, much more. Every minute is filled with exciting lessons and it is always interesting to walk through the halls and classes to see what our kids are doing. I encourage you to ask your child about the book they are reading in class. Find out what the setting of the story is. Who are the characters? What was the problem of the story, the climax, the solution? Ask them if they would recommend the book to a friend, if they would make the book into a movie, or if they could rewrite the book how they would change the ending. I know you will be as impressed with their work as I am, and I marvel that we are only in October and have so much learning still to go. I can’t wait to share some of the specifics of your child’s progress at our upcoming parent conferences on October 31 and Nov. 1.