For years our school used a reading program promoted by the community to encourage our students develop a love for reading. Although I really appreciate the program and support from the community, sometimes the stories or characters promoted by the program do not line up with a biblical worldview. So last year some of our teachers and the administration, developed and launched a new reading program just for our school. It’s called Let’s RRRRead.
With a theme that ties in with our school mascot, Liam the Lion, the program runs for five weeks during the third quarter of the school year. Students in each grade level have to read a certain number of minutes to reach their reading goal; the number of minutes differs by grade level. (Students in K-4 and K-5 can also be read to by parents.) The goal for third grade is fifty minutes a week. And each week that students meet their reading goal, they receive a book sticker to put on their Let’s RRRRead button.
One interesting part of our program is that along with meeting the weekly goal, there is also a class goal of getting 100 percent class participation. The students may read for as long as they wish, but they get no extra credit for reading over the 50 minute goal. Each student who meets the reading goal all five weeks gets to attend a special event with Liam the Lion. The third-graders typically go on a picnic with Liam during their lunchtime.
Last year, they also received nachos at the picnic. For the class that has the highest percentage of participation, there is a trophy for the students to display in their classroom. We keep track of class percentages by charts that are posted in our main hallway.
The reading program has been a great success. And lots of fun! We have had great participation, and the kids have really enjoyed it.
How do you help your students develop a love for reading?