Beginning Thursday, April 11th, Olson Park School will be embarking on a special project, called One School, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of Betty G. Birney’s, The World According the Humphrey, and asked to read it at home using the calendar provided. I am personally asking you to make the time so your family can participate in the 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, and administrative staff, will be participating.
You child will receive his/her copy of The World According to Humphrey at a special assembly introducing the program and the book. When the book comes home, please follow the reading schedule outlined on the calendar. Generally, you will be asked to read a chapter a night, about 15 minutes per night. Each day, trivia questions will be asked and students will have an opportunity to submit answers and win prizes. A final “Humphrey Family Fun Night” will be held Thursday, May 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 with lots of activities designed to celebrate Humphrey’s adventures!
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 this title because it can be understood and enjoyed by younger students, and also still captivate and stimulate older readers.
Good luck! I hope you find One School, One Book a fun and enjoyable activity to do with your family. I know you will enjoy reading about Humphrey and all the lessons he teachers the students and adults in his school. “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 Olson Park School.