The more that you READ, the more things you will KNOW. The more that you LEARN, the more places you’ll GO.
Reading is such a big part of the elementary school years! It is during these years that students realize the power of reading, and the places it can take them. It might be a story that takes them back in time, or into space, or it could lead them to new information about a favorite animal. A child’s natural curiosity builds the desire to learn, and the ability to read brings that learning to life.
Much of the elementary school day is focused on reading. You can support this work at home by setting time aside for reading - it can be reading to or with your child, or your child reading on his/her own. Make sure your child has access to things to read - whether it’s online, a bookshelf at home, books from school, or a trip to the public library. And finally, be a reading role model. Talk about the ways you read throughout your day. Share a favorite book from your childhood. Ask questions about what your child is reading. Or read the same book and talk about the book together. Share your excitement!
The picture above shows the mountain of books we’ve read at Houlton so far this year! Mrs. Wicker inspired us to read a mountain of books (while she climbed a mountain during her recent trip to Austria!). The students have been excited to share their book titles, and to add to the growing mountain. Our reading skills, strategies and excitement are building every day!
Thank you for encouraging reading at home. Thank you for supporting reading at school. Oh, the places these kids will go!