Just Read! is a reading initiative at Coronation School and throughout the Clearview School Division. It is a partnership between the school, the home and the community to increase students' (and adults') out of school reading of fiction and non-fiction books. How does it work? First, our school sets a goal to increase the number of books students read outside of school. Students keep their own recording form on the number of books read (with some assistance from parents and teachers!). The number of books read are counted on a weekly basis. All students contribute in a school wide cooperative effort to reach individual, class and school goals. Competition among individual children is detrimental to the goal of the program. Non-readers sense an impossible task of keeping up with expert readers in an individual-based reading program and their reading habits usually decrease. Cooperating with others towards a group goal gives the non-reader an opportunity to contribute and to justifiably celebrate. Both gains realized and goals met may be celebrated. Just Read! is not a competitive program to reward individuals for reading the most books - EVERYONE works together to reach a common goal.
So, how can you help at home? Here are some suggestions: set aside a specific time every evening to read (even Mom and Dad!); visit the library; select a motivating book and read it orally after supper; join a book club; limit TV time and Just Read! instead. All book reading counts - if parents or older siblings read a book aloud to a child - that counts. If you read five great picture books to your kindergarten child in one day, they all count. However, only books count - magazines, comics etc. do not.
We are excited about Just Read! at Coronation School. Just Read! is for everyone! If you would like more information about our program please call Sharalynn Anderson at the school. So - get your mo-jo going and . . .Just Read!