HOORAY! The Library Reading Program is here! Plan for fun, prizes, and stories galore!
Here is some information about the new library reading programs. There are two programs, one for 1st /2nd grade and the other for 3rd through 8th grade. Kindergarteners are welcome to participate in the younger grade program if the parent takes the lead to help their child claim prizes and collect and keep track of paperwork (see Mrs. Peterson). Students should record the title of the books they read on their program paper and older students should also rate the book (1 star = did not like it, 5 stars = loved it). Books can come from any library, including your personal library at home. I have listed categories and genres for each of the programs below so you can find books that fit. Prizes will be awarded for the number of books read. Prizes include things like pencils, erasers, stickers, a small treat, book marks, small toys, a bag of popcorn, etc. If you have similar items around your house that you do not need anymore, or would like to donate new items, we would love to have prize donations sent to the library.
Both programs are optional and are just for fun. I cannot stress enough the importance of making reading a good experience for your children. Please do not force your children to participate or force them to practice reading skills for this program. Studies have proven that children who have positive experiences with lots of books achieve higher levels in school. Children who are “friends” with books learn more easily. There are only 2 goals for this program: 1) that students will have an enjoyable time reading lots of books, and 2) that students will be introduced to new genres that might be personally appealing.
For this program there are NO size requirements (such as the book must be 100 pages). There are some fantastic short books available that contain a wealth of information, not to mention appeal! Please be aware there are also some very lengthy books (such as an animal encyclopedia, or a recipe book) that are not intended to be read from cover to cover. If your child is interested in such a book, they should spend time reading as many of the sections that interest them. If they have spent a good amount of time with the book, it counts as one of the titles on their paper.
There are no deadlines to complete reading and students may repeat the program as often as they choose.
All Aboard the Reading Train! 1st /2nd Grade
Students are encouraged to read eight books from four different categories found on the Reagan Academy library shelves (read two books from each category). Students may either read the book on their own OR have the story read to them by someone else. After the book is read, the title should be recorded on the Reading Train paper. I will be sending Reading Train papers home this week, please watch for them. When the paper is complete, please sign it and return it to school with your child for a prize. When your child has completed three pages, he/she will also receive a small bag of popcorn at the end of the day to eat outside or to take home. The four categories to read from are:
Non-fiction – anything that is factual, such as animal books, biographical stories or biographies, arts and craft books, sports books, solar system and science books, etc.
Picture Books – usually fiction books with a lot of pictures to go along with the text.
Easy Books – These books have fewer words on each page and the words are usually written in a larger font – these are books that are generally not intimidating to young readers.
Collection Books – These are picture books that come with lots of stories about the same character or theme. Here are some examples from my collection shelf: Arthur, Barbie, Berenstain Bears, Black Lagoon, Clifford, Curious George, Dr. Seuss, Disney books, Fancy Nancy, Frog and Toad, Lego books, Little Critter, Madeleine, Magic School Bus, Sesame Street, Star Wars, Strawberry Shortcake, etc…
Chapter books can also be read, but there is not a space for chapter book titles. If your child reads (or is read to) a chapter book, the chapter book can take the place of any one of the other titles! You choose where to add it to your paper.
Reading Passport – Around the World Through Reading! Grades 3 – 8
Students are encouraged to read eight books that fit within the following genres or categories:
1. Historical Fiction or Biography
2. Non-Fiction 000-500 (or the first half of the non-fiction area)
3. Fantasy or Science Fiction
4. Classic or Mystery
5. Any Book of Your Choice
6. Non Fiction 600-900 (or the last half of the non-fiction area)
7. Picture Book
8. Award Book – Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Coretta Scott King, Geisel, etc.
Genre choices and broad categories are offered whenever possible so that students have opportunities to find titles that really interest them. At least two of the books for older students should be chapter books. Students can read the book themselves OR have the book read to them (a great family activity). After the book is read, the title should be added to the Reading Passport paper. Some students are choosing to keep their paper at school so it will not get lost. If your children are keeping the paper at school and read a book from home, just have them write the title on a paper to bring with them to school. They can add the title to their Reading Passport in the library (before school or on their library day). When the Reading Passport is finished, students will bring it home to get a parent signature and then return it for a bag of popcorn to eat outside at the end of the day or at home (older students get a small prize without a signature after four books are complete).
If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your help and support!