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Aug022010

100 Book Challenge Program

The 100 Book Challenge is a program that encourages your child to read in the classroom and at home every day. Your student will start off on a basic level (1Y)—unless they are already reading, in which case it will be determined what level they need to be on—and will either read or be read to in class. The student will then take a book home from the 100 Book Challenge Library and read at night.  Each book for the 100 book challenge program is leveled (1Y, 2Y, 1G, 2G, 1B, 2B, and so forth) and is designed to be a book that your children can and will WANT to read. All 100 Book Challenge reading will be recorded on a Reading Log. As you and your child read, you will watch your child learn and grow into each higher level.

The 100 Book Challenge is vital for your child’s reading experience and has helped many children to begin reading at or above their grade-level. This year, ALL Kindergarten children (even the children who did not initially speak English) read over 100 books. The children felt a great sense of pride and accomplishment and I often found them asking—if not begging—to read! This program is currently offered to Kindergarten through Second Grade, and we may expand to our Third Grade children in the near future.

We’ve seen outstanding results with this program.  However, it is impossible without parent involvement. Teachers ask that you try to volunteer 30 minutes per week (if possible) to help read with the students. While we understand that it is difficult to commit that kind of time, ANY time can be beneficial. Even if you can only help one day per week, per month or all school year, the children (and YOUR child) will gain so much from it. Usually, first thing in the morning is the best time to conduct the 100 book challenge readings sessions, so that they do not interfere with lunch, special classes, or other activities. So, if you can fit in some time, please let your teacher know when you can come in to help.

Sheri Watson and Alissa Ellis will be the 100 Book Challenge Coordinators.  If you think that you may want to start helping with the program, but are still unsure, please contact one of them and they will be able to answer any questions (100books@meetingmccall.com).

*Due to funding issues, the number of books in our 100 Book Challenge Library is limited. If you would like to donate books and/or money to the program, please let us know. ANY books will be accepted and appropriately leveled. We will have a collection at box at Back-to-School Night on September 30 and will continue collecting donations through 100 Book Challenge Coordinators throughout the year. We will rotate the books approximately once per month or as deemed necessary by the teachers.

HELPFUL HINTS TO HELP CHILDREN LOVE TO READ

  1. Insist on up to 30 minutes of family reading time every single weekday night. Block out TV, computers, telephone calls, video games and other homework. For 15-30 minutes insist that all of your children (and adults, if possible) read books. Provide healthy snacks and comfy places to snuggle up and read together.
  2. Insist that your children read books that they enjoy. If they have to stop to sound out words, the book that they are reading is most likely too hard for them. They can only pay attention to the ideas when they do not have to think about the words. Reading books that are too difficult for them only serves to teach children that reading is not for them.
  3. Do NOT test children on their reading skills. If you are able to read with your child, be sure to talk about the ideas, not the words. Laugh at the funny parts, wonder out loud about the information, talk about the characters. If you turn reading into a testing session, you will be teaching your child to not like to read.
  4. Sign the log sheet so that your children’s teachers know that you are actively involved with reading at home. Even if your children already love to read and you don’t think that they need to keep Log sheets, please sign the log anyway. The children love it and you will be helping your school to establish home reading routines by being a good role model for other families. Imagine raising your children in a community where every family spent 30 or more minutes reading together every night.

Smart is not something that you are—smart is something that you become. Reading makes us all smarter.

Download the 100 Book Challenge Parent Packet (6MB PDF).

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