Dear Cotswold Parents,
In last weeks cougar folders, you should have received your child’s Reading Rocks packet (Info and Tracking Sheet) for this summer’s reading program. If you have not received, the following downloads to print can be found below.
Courtesy of Kelly C, the BookMark Time Sheet offers 3 “bookmarks” for children to keep track of their hours in multiple books thus allowing the Tally Sheet to be placed in one safe place (frig, mag board, etc). When your child finishes the book, have them bring you their bookmark to copy their time to their tally chart. Having students use either digital or analog time works – they can use addition or subtraction methods! REMEMBER, No rounding up!! 🙂 Download to Print!
Mark your calendars – This summer, attend a “Read-in” at the Cotswold Chick-fil-A, Monday’s at 10:00-11:30am
- June 17th
- July 1st
- July 15th
- Aug 5th
- Aug 19th
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How the summer read-a-thon WORKS!
(Rising K-4th Grade Participate)
1) READ from June 7th – September 6th, 2013.
2) TRACK your time reading using the provided Reading Tally Chart.
3) ENTER TO WIN! Reading Tally Charts due Friday, September 6th. Refer to the Reading Prizes section in the Reading Rocks Program Info for a GREAT list of items available to win!
4) JOIN us at the Reading Rocks Awards Day – October 19th, 2013 at 9:30 AM.
Please discuss the follow with your child:
- Methods of tracking their time – enforce tracking concept
- Go over how to mark and track their time on the Tally form with them. The tracking by 15 minute increments is consistent with the Read At Home Challenge, however each child is adding hours for each ticket, vs marking each day like they were for their Read At Home Challenge homework.
- “1 Ticket = 10 Hours of Reading” and that each child must complete 1 Ticket to be eligible for entry for the Reading Rocks Program and Prizes.
- Each child can earn up to 5 Tickets MAX for the Raffle By Grade
- Each child must earn 5 Tickets (50 hours) to be in the 50 Hour Club (49hours 45minutes will not be accepted. I am a stickler – student must track 50 hours).
- Children wishing to read over 50 hours to work towards the Top Readers in School or Top Reader for their Grade, can print out more Tally Charts from the Cotswold PTA website, CMS Website, OR use the back page English/Spanish version to save trees.
2013 SCHOOL-WIDE SUMMER READING GOAL: 350 students each reading 35 hours = 12,250 hours read!
The 2012 Summer Read-a-thon consisted of 190 participants reading a combined total of 8,935 hours – that was over a period of about 3 months.
During the school-wide Read At Home Challenge, students met or exceeded that number in JUST ONE MONTHS time frame!
Imagine the hours read that can be accomplished in a 3 month time frame?
Recommended “Book Lists” to help pick your next book
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Bookhive cmlibrary.org/bookhive/
- Association for Library Service to Children: 2013 Notable Children’s books ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb
- Reading Rockets readingrockets.org/books/awardwinners/
- Battle of the Books ncslma.org/uploads/8/4/7/0/8470189/eboblist2013-14.pdf
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Reading Rocks! Cotswold School Summer Read-a-thon is a program geared towards building a community of readers who love to read and a way to help students stay actively reading over the summer. Rising Kindergartners through Fifth Graders participate.
- Primary purpose: to encourage our children to read during the summer break and help families create a culture of literacy in their homes.
- Secondary purpose: to encourage our children to engage their community by reading at Nursing homes, Assisted Living, Preschools and Sunday Schools.