Summer Family Literacy
Greetings parents of rising 1st to 6th graders! Are you ready for an exciting summer of reading?!
Our school will soon embark on a special and innovative reading project. Every family with a rising 1st to 6th grader will receive a copy of the same book with a blank journal and will be asked to read it together at home over the summer. The students will have special kick off activities next week to get them excited about the book! Mr. Davis will read the first chapter out loud on Facebook live Tuesday June 8th at 7pm so everyone can tune in with their families and favorite nighttime snack.
By reading a single, age-appropriate, book together as a community, we will generate a school-wide conversation about characters and literature, a conversation in which all are welcomed and included. We’d like you to be able to participate in this conversation, too, by reading aloud and sharing this book with your child. Reading aloud helps children build vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. It engages them in a different way and ignites passion for literacy and various topics. Throughout June and July there will be various resources posted on the school website, including suggested activities, family discussion questions, and journal response questions to go with the chapters and themes of the book.
We have been reading many books together as a school throughout the year to encourage important conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Some titles include: Hey Little Ant, When the Shadbush Blooms, Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History, and Eyes that Kiss in the Corners. This summer's novel complements the conversations that have started this year with the all school read alouds. We plan to engage students in discussion and activities about the book across curriculum and grade levels when we return in the fall. We encourage you to partner with us and help turn our students into lifelong readers. Thank you for playing an active role in your child’s education, and enjoy this book – together!
Stay tuned for more information!
Students younger than 1st grade will be given suggestions of age appropriate picture books that match the themes to read over the summer. Students in grades rising 7th and 8th will read the book during Advisory when we return to school to be able to join in important school connection activities.
Throughout June and July there will be various resources posted here, including suggested activities, family discussion questions, and journal response questions to go with the chapters and themes of the book. This section will continue to be updated as we progress through the book so check back weekly!