Now that school has begun, I want to remind parents of our Kindergarten through 3rd graders that we have an extensive Reader section. They are located between the picture books and the juvenile fiction. The books are divided into Readers 1, 2 & 3. These books cover:
To this day, I can still remember how “grown-up” I felt when I checked out my first chapter book from the public library. On the way home, we stopped and got an ice cream cone. Whether your child likes to read or is a reluctant reader, using incentives can encourage reading. Milestones for different rewards could be reading a certain number of pages, number of books, time spent reading, or progressing to a higher level of difficulty.
Blue Springs North Branch continues its year's long partnership with Brittany Hills Middle School's Reading Counts program. The joint mission/goal is to promote reading throughout the year!
Reading Counts is a program developed through Scholastic that allows students to read a book, take a quiz on the book, and earn points based on the strength and complexity of the book. Students at Brittany Hills are required to participate and it is a substantial part of the student's grade.
Many of us were raised learning that the proper way to read a children’s picture book is from start to finish, and then you’re done. READ from the START (RFTS) turns that assumption on its ear, and shows parents and caregivers how to interact with the books and the children listening to them in a whole new way. This is a free program sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council. Parents and caregivers who attend two sessions (1 ½ hours each), not only learn valuable techniques for sharing books with their children, but also get a set of eight books.
Just as reading can be the most fun in the world, not knowing what to read can be the most annoying thing in the world. If you are looking for your next read, here are some books with a few suggestions.
The classics at their best can appeal to a wide range of people and diverse groups. These books manage to touch certain universal themes that apply throughout different places and time periods. Yet, it's understandable how people can disagree as to what books really deserve to be called "classics". Literary tastes and opinions simply vary. Although, I'm certainly not implying that we give up reading some of the well known classics, or that any selection process for classic books is inherently subjective or flawed.
High school, with its 4 years of forced reading, can be difficult. English class is all sad books, which teens often have a hard time identifying with. As I have gotten older, I have learned to appreciate some of the common offenders, but there were a few that I actually enjoyed in high school. Maybe, they can be helpful to you if you get a choice. I hope so.
Many people I know have weird little things that they do when they get a new book to read. Some people flip to the last chapter and read it first. Some people flip through and look at all of the pictures if there are any. Some people smell their books.