Weekly All School Bulletin
Wait a minute. Children are choosing to read after school, for fun?
Ms. Coppola and I have been facilitating a book club with third, fourth, and fifth graders after school since April. Our students have been enjoying reading Judy Blume's humorous classic Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing aloud to each other.
We have had countless productive discussions about the book, its characters, our predictions, sibling relationships, parent supervision, and even what living in New York City back in the seventies was like. With the lovely spring weather, we've been able to read outdoors most days, and we've even had fun snacks like apples, lollipops, chips, popcorn, and delicious cupcakes! We are wrapping up the book this week, and the students hope to share a skit with the lower school as a culminating activity soon.
This small, multi-age book club provides students with a safe place to develop their literacy skills and share opinions and feelings about reading. We recommend that more families get involved with book clubs with their children this summer. If book clubs are not an option, you might consider reading the same book along with your child and having discussions about the book. What a wonderful way to spend time together!
Ms. Coppola and I continue to enjoy this time as much as the children each day, and we can't believe how quickly our book club time is coming to an end. In the wise words, of Theodore Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Chase kids love reading, and boy are we ever going places!
~ Mrs. Caitlin Hurtgen
Fifth Grade Teacher