Welcome to One School One Book
May 17, 2021
Dear Sheridan Hill families,
Starting Monday, May 17th, we will be embarking on our 3rd annual all-school book club called One School, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of The Lemonade War and will be asked to read it together at home over the course of the next few weeks.
Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader, and it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the One School, One Book program, we aim to build a Community of Readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, myself will all be following along together.
Your youngest child will receive a copy of The Lemonade War (tree-hugger list) today. Along with the book, you will receive a reading schedule so that you can keep up at home. Each day, we also have a special guest reader recording a chapter of the book in case your child would like to listen in. This can be found by accessing our OSOB link on the Sheridan Hill webpage, or by clicking HERE. In school, your child will be invited to answer trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. You will find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story.
One School, One Book is a novel program in that children of all grade levels will all be listening to their parents read the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but will still captivate and stimulate older children.
I know that you’ll enjoy this special reading time with your children. I look forward to sharing this experience with you and hope to talk with both you and your student about our book selection. When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about. With your help, we can build a Community of Readers at our school.
Jenna M. Arroyo