Recently, Mrs. McCabe, Ms. Pino, Ms. Owen, and Mrs. Lussiez (school librarian and 4th grade teachers) worked together to create a 4th grade reading project. All 4th grade students are currently reading the book Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio during DIG each day. The class set of books is now part of the permanent 4th grade collection and will benefit many future generations of GCS Lobos.
It's like a book club for students. The concept of reading the same book at the same creates enthusiasm for reading. It also enables students to share what they've read with others and see things from different perspectives. The benefits are immense.
With PTA's help last year, Mr. Dobbs purchased a class set of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The class set belongs to his classroom and his current 6th grade students will read the book this school year. My daughter can't wait to get to be in 6th grade so she can read To Kill a Mockingbird!
Undoubtedly, there are other GCS teachers that have also implemented their own "student book clubs". As a continuation of your partnership in educating your child with their teacher, ask your child's teacher what programs they're working on to spark and foster a life-long love of reading. This is a great opportunity to engage with your child's teacher and further your knowledge of the fantastic teaching and learning that is always happening in our school.
If you are interested in helping your child's teacher further their class reading programs, please:
1) speak with your child's teacher about how you can help implement or further a class reading project
2) attend a PTA meeting or contact a PTA Board Member at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to request PTA money to buy a class set of books for your child's classroom (after all, this is why we raise money)
3) speak with Mrs. McCabe, Librarian about ordering a class set of books (to be paid for by PTA)
4) ask your child about their new reading project
It really is that EASY!
PTA will also support any idea you have to enrich education in your child's classroom. Just ask!
Thanks for Reading,
April Gallegos, PTA Secretary