month our school will be embarking on a special project, an all school book
club called One School, One Book.
Every family will receive a copy of the same book – The One and Only Ivan by
Katherine Applegate -
and asked to read it at home over the month of April. I am personally asking
you to make the time so your family can participate in this special activity. The
books were generously purchased by our PTO.
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, and we can all reap the many
child will receive his/her copy of The One and Only Ivan at a special school-wide
assembly introducing the program and the book. When the book comes home, you
will receive a tailored reading schedule so you can keep up at home. Generally
you will be asked to read a chapter a night – about 15 minutes per night.
In school, your child will be invited to answer
daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive, active listening and
comprehension. You will soon ?nd that your child will take pride in knowing and
anticipating the details of the story. In class, there may be various
activities which discuss or explore the book. You will want to make sure your
family keeps up so your child can be included. Throughout the month, everyone
will be talking about The One and Only Ivan!
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 a title that can be
followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still
captivate and engage older children.
luck! I hope to talk with both you and
your student sometime this month about the mighty silverback gorilla, Ivan, and
all his friends and acquaintances at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. 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 our school.
Attached is the reading schedule for The One and Only Ivan.