Dear Sheridan Hill families,
On May 11th, our school will be embarking on our 5th annual all-school book club! Every family will receive a copy of Imagination According to Humphrey (sent home with the youngest child in the family) and will be invited to read it together at home over the next few weeks.
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 this whole school book club, Sheridan Hill is aiming to build a community of readers at school. Everyone- students, parents, teachers, and even myself will be following along together.
The title of the book, Imagination According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney, will be revealed to your child(ren) during morning announcements on Thursday, May 11th. The book is the 11th in the Humphrey series. In fact, the original book was the very first book club novel SH read as a community. We are excited to bring Humphrey and his adventures back! This novel is special because it focuses on friendship, adventure, and imagination, and even gives tips to be a better writer! Along with the book, each family will receive a reading calendar and a bookmark with daily reading assignments. Typically, each chapter takes about 15 minutes to read.
Each day on morning announcements, students will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. In class, students may also explore the book through activities and discussion. If there are nights that you as a family find it difficult to come together and read, students can “tune in'' to the school webpage where they can hear the chapter being read by one of our very own teachers and staff! You can access our One School One Book Website, by clicking on the “About Us” tab on the “Sheridan Hill” webpage or through the “SH Shortcuts” to the left of our homepage. I am sure everyone will be talking about this classic book adventure leading into the end of the school year!
The teachers and staff at Sheridan Hill know that you will enjoy this special reading time with your children. With your help, we can build a community of readers throughout our school!
Jenna M. Arroyo