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February 03, 2017

 

This month our district will be launching a special project, a district-wide book club called One District, One Book®.  This program is designed to create a shared reading experience across an entire school community.  Each student will receive a classic children’s novel, and every family reads that book together at home.  Every family in our school community reads the same book at the same time.  We’ll maximize the shared reading experience by including enrichment activities at school and in the community.  Students experience the story with their family and enjoy participating in the follow-up activities at school the next day.  This strategy builds daily awareness of the details of each story and encourages attentive listening habits.

Reading aloud at home better prepares children to be effective readers, and brings families together for a fun, worthwhile activity.  With the One District, One Book® program, we aim to build a Community of Readers throughout our entire school district.  Everyone – students, teachers, staff, and community members – will literally be on the same page.  When we model the habit of regularly reading together as a family and community, you create a strong foundation for literacy in each child’s life.

This year the project will be introduced at the elementary school level.  Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level.  We also believe that you should continue to read chapter books aloud with your older children, even when they are able to read themselves.  We have selected a title that can be followed and understood by younger students, but still captivate and stimulate older students. 

We are excited to launch this project and hope you’ll participate.  If you are interested in becoming a community partner or have questions about the project, please contact Dr. Karen Brack, brackk@usd230.org, or Misty Eytcheson, eytchesonm@usd230.org.

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