It’s Children’s Book Week! In honor of CBW, I wanted to focus on children’s literacy. I’m a firm believer that the most effective tool you can provide a child is comfort with reading. Everything we do in life, shopping, cooking, driving, learning and working requires reading and when a child develops a comfort with the skill they are so much better prepared to live a successful life. This week, I’ll be asking people from all walks of a child’s life why literacy is important.
First brave interviewee is Bend, Oregon third grade teacher, Susan Deatherage. Thank you, Susan, for taking the time to talk to us about children’s literacy during Children’s Book Week.
Do you celebrate CBW in your classroom?
I know from experience your school does have a lot of fun during Read Across America, however. Are there any other ways you celebrate reading with your students throughout the year?
Accelerated Reading program on the computer, Reading minutes at home with a pizza party to those who have read the required amount at the end of the year.
Higher ability in all subject areas! Greater appreciation of literature.
In your experience is there one or two things that parents can do to increase their child’s interest in reading?
Take their children to the public library to choose books and attend activities. Read together consistently and be a role model by reading yourself.
In a perfect (budgetary) world, what is on your literary wish list that you can’t currently get for your students/classroom?
It would be nice to have comprehension activity packets for reading novels/chapter books.
What are some of your students’ favorite titles recently?
Roxie, Dork Diaries, Bone, Big Nate, Whimpy Kid, Fourth Grade Rats, Double Fudge, Bunnicula
Last question is totally off topic! You must write an essay titled, “What I’m Going To Do On My Summer Vacation.” Paraphrase your essay for us. (What are your plans for the summer?)
travel, see family, garden, read, hike….
Sounds like a wonderful summer ahead! Thanks again, Susan, for visiting with us. I hope you and all your students’ parents enter to win the bag full of books for your classroom library!
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