This October, all five of our elementary schools are participating in the One School, One Book program by Read to Them, a non-profit that supports family literacy. This program encourages and enables families to read together at home, or listen aloud to the book, with guidance and support.
Each elementary school chose a book, and then each student in that school received a copy of that book to take home and read each night with their families.
The schools are supporting the school-wide book club with activities throughout the month and dedicated websites with audio chapters and more!
The benefits of reading aloud are remarkable. Studies have shown that reading to children helps them to listen better and longer, to build bigger vocabularies, to understand concepts better, to feel positive about both books and learning – and much more. And when an entire school reads the same book, the buzz and excitement around the book augments these benefits. Reading a book together brings the added joy of building and expanding a sense of community among students, parents, teachers, and staff – and beyond.
We’d love to see some photos of your family reading the One School, One Book together – post them below!