Four Schools One Book
The program is modeled after All City Reads that have been done across the United States, from Seattle and Chicago to Richmond, VA. The program encourages reading together at home by enabling every family and by inspiring them with a shared experience. The best titles for the program are those rare books that can be understood by early readers and yet still interest experienced readers. For example, E.B. White’s The Trumpet of the Swan. Or Lynne Reid Banks’ The Indian in the Cupboard.
This year’s first mystery selection will be revealed at a school-wide assembly on October 14th. On that day all first through fifth grade students will receive their books and a reading schedule for the month. We are asking that parents or guardians read a chapter a night with their child, following the reading schedule that will be provided. We will do a variety of things at school to heighten and promote interest in and discussion of the book, from school-wide assemblies to school-wide art and writing projects. There will be a daily trivia question, read by the principal to the whole school in the morning. This simple technique creates daily awareness of the book, and encourages in students deep, attentive, and personally gratifying listening habits. Students take pride in being in command of the book’s details and “owning” the material. The staff is truly looking forward to sharing this reading experience with you. Parent’s play in integral part in this initiative as we build together a Community of Readers at our school.