We all know reading is an important life skill….but it’s so much more….
Reading can take us anywhere in this world and beyond. It can introduce us to some of our best beloved characters, help us dream of far away places and encourage us to create our own characters from our own imagination. To this day, I can barely remember my mother reading to me, only because she was such an amazing reader that each and every book she read played out like a movie in my head. I still have the books she read to me and each turn of the page lifted the characters and they became lifelike through her voices and intonations.
As an educator, my greatest goal is to instill a love of learning and a love of reading in each and every child.
At the beginning of the school year, we decided to promote reading using the Accelerated Reader (AR) program through Renaissance Learning. Each child in third through fifth grade had a reading goal set for each nine week grading period based on their individual reading ability. We also shared that they would attend a “Mystery Trip” at the end of the school year if they reached their AR reading goals 3 out of the 4 nine week grading periods. At the end of each grading period we also rewarded students who reached their goals with a celebration including a rich literature read aloud. We have also placed books in the hands of our students from the many wonderful and generous volunteers who have donated books throughout the year to help support this program.
I am happy to announce that 53 third through fifth graders will attend our “Mystery Trip” to the United States Space and Rocket Center! I believe our numbers will continue to grow next year as they have grown each grading period this year. We even had 35 Kindergarten students pass an AR test as well as over 90 First Grade students. And, all of our 2nd graders are working toward reading goals also! The “buzz” is about reading, creating students who are taking initiative for their learning and striving to reach their goals. I am so proud of our students!
I would also love to thank 100X Church and Village of Promise for their support!
University Place Elementary