The challenge was for every Brookview student to read aloud with 40 buddies throughout the spring of 2018. To kick off the challenge, each student was given a copy of Mary Ann Hoberman’s You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You - Fables. The kids used superhero reader tracking sheets to visualize their progress.
Mrs. Tittl feels that the challenge encouraged “good reading habits at home and school, while making reading a fun and enjoyable activity.” Student motivation is a key factor in successful reading programs. Reading aloud with teachers, peers, family members, guest readers, and “the big kids” helps to build motivation as well as vocabulary.
According to Brookview students, this program hit the mark. Jaylan said, “it was fun hearing other readers and how they have expression when they read.” Isabella’s favorite part “was when our past teachers came and read with us.” Yadimar said, “it helped me learn some new words in English and it was fun having friends help me.”
The 40 Reader Challenge is a great example of what BCSD teachers do for our students. It also shows how we can all work with our kids at home to foster reading skills. Some tips from the pros? DeShanae explained that you have to “be patient when others are having trouble with figuring out words.” Anthony agreed, saying, “don't tell the words...help people grow by sounding out and giving clues.”
Thanks for the tips, kids! And thanks to Mrs. Tittl and the Brookview Literacy Committee for their great work!