Welcome to the Reading Club! Every student and staff member at South Slope/ BCSD is automatically a member of the club. This year there will be no forms to complete, but we will still be giving away books at our assemblies. Everyone will be eligible based on their birthday month.
Why no more forms? There are many reasons we have chosen to no longer require reading record forms. We noticed that many students, especially intermediate, were no longer completing the forms, but they were reading at home. We wanted to use our time with students at school to promote reading in other, more productive ways than collecting reading club forms. Finally, recording reading should not be a chore and we know that external rewards can acutally reduce the desire to read for kids. Here is one of the articles we used to help inform our decision: How Reading Logs Can Ruin Reading For Kids
I also like this video from two well known reading experts who are both teachers and parents:
Our goal continues to be to help kids develop a love of reading and read for fun. “Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to research from the Institute of Education (IOE).The IOE study, which is believed to be the first to examine the effect of reading for pleasure on cognitive development over time, found that children who read for pleasure made more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.” To read the whole article click here.
Make reading a special time for you and your child, talk to them about their reading and model good habits by reading yourself. It is also very important that we honour children’s choices for reading. Watch the video below for some reasons why:
Thank you for helping your child develop a lifetime habit of reading! Please come and see me in the library if you have any questions, comments or need some support to help your child find books they want to read.