Dear Maple Parents/Guardians:
Today our school has excitedly embarked on a unified journey based on a love of literacy. This special expedition is an all school book club called One School, One Book. Thanks to a generous gift from PTO each student here at Maple has received a copy of the same book, The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. In order for our entire school to engage in meaningful discussion, fun and stimulating book challenges, and a shared camaraderie for engaging literature we are asking that you help support our efforts by promoting the reading of this book with your child at home. I am personally asking you to take advantage of this special time to bond and share in the enjoyment of reading with your child by making the One School, One Book event memorable not only here at school but also within the walls of your own home.
Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. It is also a fun and worthwhile family activity. With the One School, One Book program, we aim to further build a community of readers at our school. Everyone- students, parents, teachers, office, cafeteria and custodial staff will be participating so we can all reap the many benefits of the program.
One School, One Book is a unique program in that children at all grade levels will be reading and listening to the same book. Reading professionals recommend reading material that is beyond your child’s reading level out loud to them. Reading chapter books out loud with your children, even when they are able to read it by themselves, is also beneficial. We have selected a title that can be followed, understood and enjoyed by younger students, yet at the same time will still captivate and interest our older readers. Be sure to visit our school’s One School, One Book homepage to enjoy listening with your son/daughter to chapters of The Chocolate Touch read aloud by our very own Maple Staff members:
Your child received his/her copy of The Chocolate Touch following a special school-wide assembly where we introduced the program and the book. In school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive and active listening. You will soon find out that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. Throughout the building there will be various activities which will further enrich the reading experience. You will want to make sure that your family stays current with the reading so that your child can fully appreciate all that we have planned. Events to look forward to in conjunction with our One School, One Book journey include guest speakers from Malley’s Chocolates and All City Candy as well as samples and a presentation from Chardon’s Party Loft.
With your help, we hope to make the next four weeks a time in which everyone is excitedly talking about the adventures of John and the Midas family!
Kelly Moran, Principal
About the Program
The program is modelled after All City Reads that have been done across the United States, from Seattle and Chicago to Richmond, VA. The program encourages reading together at home by enabling every family and by inspiring them with a shared experience.
The best titles for the program are those rare books that can be understood by early readers and yet still interest experienced readers. For example, E.B. White’s The Trumpet of the Swan. Or Lynne Reid Banks’ The Indian in the Cupboard.
Schools participating in the program can do a variety of things at school to heighten and promote interest in and discussion of the book, from school-wide assemblies to school-wide art and writing contests. Typically though, most schools rely on a daily trivia question, usually read by the principal to the whole school in the morning. This simple technique creates daily awareness of the book, and encourages in students deep, attentive, and personally gratifying listening habits. Students take pride in being in command of the book’s details and “owning” the material.