Making Meaning and Being A Writer SIPPS (our Phonics program) is in full swing. Students are practicing on their levels. We are currently in non-fiction working on BATS. Some of us are finished with our narratives and all are starting to write our bat reports. Please continue to study spelling words each week. I've seen a downward trend in scores. There's a free website called Spelling City if you wish to plug the words in to have your kids practice that way. The children have let me know that they aren't reading for 20 minutes a night. They NEED to do this!!! I can't stress this enough. Please have them read to you so you can hear them. They need to try to sound out words. Don't just tell them what it says.