Reading to your child every day, encouraging them to read, and letting them see you reading are all ways to help your student succeed. Even 15-20 minutes matters! Be sure to sign your monthly reading contract calendar to track progress and earn classroom rewards.
For animal lovers, check out the Peninsula Humane Society’s Paws for Tales program which allows children to improve their reading skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs. Practicing in a relaxed, fun environment where they don’t feel self-conscious (puppies don’t judge!) will build reading confidence.
If you do buy books for your reader, remember that shopping at smile.amazon.com supports our school!
Our skilled & supportive Henry Ford Elementary school teachers, librarian, and reading recovery teacher are always available to answer any questions you have about your student’s reading. They can help you figure out what “level” will reinforce and/or challenge your child, and you can look up books accordingly at http://www.arbookfind.com/default.aspx
Is your child reading a good book that they’d like to recommend to classmates? Fill out this form and we’ll share Student Selections on our website. S/he might even get featured in our newsletter! https://goo.gl/forms/IJRlpfvJw2xVm1TS2
As we look forward to the end of a great school year, start preparing your students for summer reading & learning! Be on the look out for suggested reading lists from Henry Ford Elementary teachers, and details for “Read to a Teacher” event(s) during the summer.
Barnes & Noble has a summer program for kids to earn a free book. Print a journal for each student, read & write about 8 books, then turn in to a local store (closest one is at Sequoia Station) to choose a free book. There are some good ones on the list like a silly Judy Moody and a thriller by John Grisham!
Do you know of any other summer reading programs? Share in comments below!
The books on this list complement the Project Cornerstone program. Read these alongside your child to continue the conversation started in the classroom or to reinforce the social emotional tools students have learned.
We’ve created handy shopping lists on Amazon:
- Year 1: Foundation Assets
- Year 2: Building Assets
- Year 3: Champion Assets
- Frederick the Mouse by Leo Lionni – teamwork, differences, poetry
- Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran – outdoor play, neighborhood friends, imagination & creativity
- The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes – otherness, bullying, creativity
- Heart of a Champion by Carl Deuker – baseball, Redwood City & Henry Ford Elementary, friendship
- The Inventor’s Secret by Suzanne Slade – Thomas Edison & Henry Ford, invention, perseverence, friendship
- American Muscle Cars by Bruce LaFontaine – Mustang pride
- Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten – Kindergarten
- The Night Before Kindergarten – Kindergarten
- Timothy Goes to School – Kindergarten
Proceeds from Amazon Affiliate links on this page go to Henry Ford Elementary PTA