Sample Letter Home to Parents
This month our school will be embarking on a special project, an all school book club One School, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle – 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. Thru the One School, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, even support staff – will be participating, and we can all reap the many benefits.
Your child will receive his/her copy of The Mouse and the Motorcycle at a special school-wide assembly introducing the program and the book. When the book comes home, you will receive a tailored reading schedule so you can keep up at home. Generally you will be asked to read a chapter a night – about 15 minutes per night.
In school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive, aggressive listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class, there may be various activities which discuss or explore the book. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so your child can be included. Throughout October, everyone will be talking about The Mouse and the Motorcycle!
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 Ralph and Keith and the adventures that ensure around a tiny motorcycle. “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