Take a look at this very interesting reading idea from a school in Iowa. Just another creative way to get your kids reading. See the excerpt below or watch the video on WhoTv.
A friendly competition is happening in the halls. Students are buried in books at Centennial Elementary in Altoona. 4th Grade Teacher Jamie Hill says, “They totally see it as a competition. They love it. They’re tracking their minutes on their desk.”
Classes, students, even siblings are vying to be the top reader and help the school reach its goal of a million minutes by the end of the year. Student Callie Bruchert says about reading with her younger sister Ella, “I just like to win, and don’t like to lose, especially since I’m her older sister, so I try and read more.”
The students are just a month in and already more than a third of the way there. They track their minutes at home and in class. Teachers even incorporate other lessons. Hill says, “At first they wanted to use timers, so we talked about looking at the clock, so it’s been good for just kind of going with math too.”
The campaign encourages families to get involved by reading at home. School leaders will also host a family literacy night on October 21st at Centennial. Reading Specialist Kerrie Bernstein says, “We’re inviting families in for the evening to read, and the kids will be doing activities, and the parents will be attending sessions of activities they can do at home with their students and their children.”
Bernstein encourages everyone to read at least 20 minutes a day. She also says families should spend time together looking at books to raise lifelong readers. Bernstein says, “It’s more than just an A or a B this year. I think if we can reach the kids this year, and then they keep reading and then they’re reading for their kids, I mean it just continues on and on and we have people who are more educated adults because they’re readers.”
What a great reading program! What do you think of this idea? How practical is it to implement in your school?