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Reading Challenge

What are you reading today?

The Burr Reading Challenge Club is gearing up to promote the love of literature as well as emphasize the benefits of reading. The Burr Reading Challenge Club consists of 2 representatives from each class. The Club meets periodically throughout the year and meetings are chaired by reading teachers and teacher volunteers. The Burr Reading Challenge Club challenges students to make reading a daily habit with different themes and activities. They encourage students to make reading a daily habit, reading for at least 20 minutes a day and reaching a goal of 25 books a year. Each representative reports the new challenge to their classmates after each meeting. The classroom teacher encourages and guides students as they participate in the Challenge. You can promote the love of literature by taking your child to the library and setting aside a quiet time for daily reading.

We are kicking of this year’s Reading Challenge with our annual favorite, The Paper Bag Book Review. Students will be given a paper bag supplied by a local supermarket. Students will choose a favorite book to read, write a brief summary and create an illustration advertising their book. Some of the students have created three dimensional illustrations and decorations that they attach to the bags. The paper bags will be displayed in the hallways of Burr during Children’s Book Week and American Education Week in November. Parents may enjoy the decorated bags during parent conferences.

The Burr Reading Challenge Club also shares the love of reading with the community through philanthropic endeavors. Each year the Burr Reading Challenge helps raise money for the ALS Ride-For Life. We also donate books to students who are less fortunate. This year the Burr Reading Challenge Club is helping the Burr PTA promote reading with a Gently Used Book Drive. The book drive is sponsored by the Book Fairies non-profit organization. We will join over 200 schools collect books for children in Nassau and Suffolk. More information on the dates and details of the October drive will be available soon.

Additional enjoyable ideas for family reading time…

With all the technology available to families, it’s a challenge to spend family time together that doesn’t center on the computer or television. One of the best ways to enjoy a technology-free fun evening is to implement a family game night. Instead of traditional activities, consider breaking out some word games to help players improve their vocabulary and have fun in the process.

A popular word game ideal for family game night is Scrabble or Junior Scrabble. Scrabble can be played with two to four players. Players are challenged to create words and build off of the words developed by other players. A hidden benefit to this word game is it can be educational too. In addition to building vocabulary, it has also been shown to help with spelling. Players also put their math skill to the test when adding points from the tiles to determine the word score. Even young players can play this word board game. Simply have a child team up with a parent or older sibling and work together to develop words.

Another fun word game for family activity night is Boggle. This fast paced vocabulary game challenges players to come up with as many words as possible under a set time limit. The larger the word made, the more points a player receives. This is a great activity to break out when there is not much time to play.

Taboo Junior is an amusing word game. Teams are created and players secretly choose a word card. One player gives the team clues but must not use the other three words on the card. A timer and squeak toy is used when incorrect clues are given which makes for a lot of laughter!

Catch Phrase Junior is another favorite! Phrases appear on a hand held readout. Players give clues to their team mates before time runs out. It’s hilarious!

Why start a family game night?

· Family time, of course!

· Game play teaches sportsmanship and good healthy competition.

· Playing together promotes communication.

· Family game night is inexpensive.

· Family game night creates life-long memories!

· It’s just good old fashioned fun!

Additional Suggestions: Upwords, Charades, Pictionary, Mad Libs, Password, and Heads Up

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