Parents are vital contributors to their child’s reading progess. Time dedicated to reading daily (at least 10 quality mins) makes a big difference. “Parent involvement has a profound impact on children’s language and literacy learning in general. It is through interactions with parents and carers that children learn new vocabulary, seek clarification of new understandings, and learn to comprehend their expanding worlds”Lowe, K (2016) For the love of reading : supporting struggling readers, PETAA, Newtown NSW.
Beginning this month we are facilitating and promoting two reading event challenges through the college libraries . Both events reward successful participants with a cerficate or possibly prizes. We do, however, believe that ultimately the top reward is reading opportunities and conversations in families around reading.
National Family Reading Month (1 May to 31 May) (Enter for prizes in June):
We draw your attention to the “Read more in MayChallenge” from Scholastic. Designed to get more children reading with their families, it is celebrating its 20th year! There are some great prizes to be won.
Premiers Reading Challenge (16 May to 26 August):
The “Premier's Reading Challenge” aims to improve literacy and encourage children to engage in reading for pleasure and learning. The college is registered and this challenge will be co-ordinated by Mrs Merifield for the Ashmore Campus and Mrs Oestreich for the Cotlew Campus.
More detailed information about each of these events will be communicated via WOW, the Parent Portal and MyUnity, or you can contact us in the library.
Mrs Kym Oestreich, Teacher Librarian Early and Junior Years
and Mrs Leesa Merifield, Head of Learning (Information Literacy & Middle Years Academic Progression