As part of our literacy program at South Elementary, we have an amazing take-home library.  We are very excited to begin this program with your child.  

Each week your child will bring home 3 books in a bag on his or her independent reading level. After your child has enjoyed reading the books several times (if appropriate), please sign next to the titles of the books that have been read on the book title list, and send it back to school on your child’s designated grade level day. Our take-home librarian will send home 3-5 new books the same designated grade level day if the previous books have been  returned and the book title card is signed.  This is the schedule for the books to be sent home and the day that they are due back:

  • Monday…………………..Kindergarten
  • Tuesday………………….. First Grade
  • Wednesday……………. Second Grade
  • Thursday…………………. Third Grade
  • Friday……………………… Fourth Grade

Research has shown over and over that children who read each night have great educational advantages.  Here are some tips for children of different ages that can be used to enhance their reading experience:

Grades 2-5

  •     Find a comfortable place. Preferably away from any distractions.
  •     Set a certain time to read together or for your student to read alone each day.
  •     Re-read the story or part of a chapter if possible! Re-reading provides great opportunities for your child to become more literate.
  •     Discuss the book after you have read it. Encourage your child to tell another family member about the book.

Grades K-1

  •     Have your child point to certain words or letters as you read.  (Letters in their name, etc.)
  •     If the book has a certain phrase repeated over and over, have your child read it with you.
  •     Point to the words as you read.
  •     Have your child take a picture walk through the book before reading it.
  •     Let them tell the story just by looking at the pictures.