Friday, January 19, 2007 3:46 PM
Hope everyone is making it through the off-season.
Just a note that our reading department is once again taking part another Six Flags Reading Challenge.
This year, the children in our school have to read 6 hours in addition to their regular homework. When they do, they get a parent to sign their log and at the end of the school year, (June) they get a child's entry pass good through early August.
Not a bad deal. (Of course it's to get the parents to come and spend a few bucks too).
If you want your local elementary school to get into the program have your school's reading Department contact their local 6 Flags.
It's nice to know that the program is running again. As a teacher, it's nice to know that the children can't count their regular homework as logged minutes - prompting even more reading.
(Yes - teachers who participate with their classes get an adult ticket!) *** Edited 1/20/2007 1:56:15 AM UTC by Richie Reflux*** *** Edited 1/20/2007 1:58:47 AM UTC by Richie Reflux***
Friday, January 19, 2007 3:49 PM
Maybe they should include the spelling program as well. ( ; *** Edited 1/19/2007 8:50:06 PM UTC by crazy horse***
Friday, January 19, 2007 4:08 PM
Yeah, I was going to fix the typo for you, but it's just too funny. :)
At my daughter's school all the kids have to read 20 minutes a day, at least 5 times a week in addition to 'regular' homework and then fill out a small form weekly detailing what you read and then parents have to sign it.
They get nothing but reading skills. ;)
In all honesty though, I think it has backfire potential. My daughter generally loves to read and would quite often on her own accord, but is much less enthusiastic when being forced to - even though she can still read whatever she likes.
Friday, January 19, 2007 4:26 PM
LG: our daughter's class has the same requirement. Like your daughter, she is also a bookworm; we can rarely get her to peek up above the book's spine. Luckily, we go to a hippie "open school"
here in the People's Republic, and so we just had a quick conversation with her teacher, and he agreed that we could just skip the filling-out-the-form bits.
Our school is so crunchy that the school fund-raiser t-shirts this year are tie-dyed. It's awesome.
*** Edited 1/19/2007 9:28:49 PM UTC by Brian Noble***
Friday, January 19, 2007 5:05 PM
I will say from personal experience that forced reading in school turned me off to reading on my own. During high school and college I rarely read for pleasure. Now getting close being out of high school for 20 years I can say that I have again been able to grab a book and read it for pleasure. Then again some good authors help in making it a pleasure to read.
Friday, January 19, 2007 5:51 PM
Yep, this one will end up on a certain website.
Friday, January 19, 2007 6:58 PM
LOL! How ironic....
Friday, January 19, 2007 9:00 PM
I just caught it (along with a few others).
I'm just glad I didn't say "Reeding Program."
Friday, January 19, 2007 11:33 PM
At the school district that I teach at, the elementary has 30 minutes of "protected reading time" each day where the kids are "forced" to read and there is to be no "outside" disturbances during that time period. I'm not sure how successful the program is (I work in the music department) but I know it exists. I also know that my school district is participating in the SF Reading Program and has done so for a few years.
Rading Program, 'eh? ARN&R is going to love that! ;)