This month our school will be embarking on a special project, an all school book club called One School, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – Jean Craighead George’s My Side of the Mountain – and asked to read it at home over the month of October. I am personally asking you to make the time so your family can participate in this special activity.
Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. But it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the One School, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff – will be participating, and we can all reap the many benefits.
One School, One Book is a novel program in that children at all grade levels will all be listening to the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. And we also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and stimulate older children.
Good luck! I hope to talk with both you and your student sometime this month about Sam Gribley, his fortitude and creativity, and what he learns and accomplishes in the woods, on that mountain – all by himself. “When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can build a Community of Readers at our school.
– The Principal