THE FOREST OF READING!
We are excited to inform you that our school is registered in The Forest of Reading Program - a highly popular provincial recreational reading program for students in grades 1 to 8. Reading is always a high profile activity at our school but this voluntary reading program is something extra special. There are seven programs in the Forest of Reading®, a project of the Ontario Library Association, each planned for a different age group. All are designed to promote reading for enjoyment, to increase awareness of quality Canadian literature, to enhance student powers of discrimination and skill in evaluating books, and to provide opportunities to engage in discussions about books whether at school or at home. Last year a total close to 250,000 readers in Ontario read and voted for the best book in each category.
This is how the program works. Readers read the ten Canadian titles on the list, and then vote for their favourite (must read a minimum of 5 to be eligible to vote). Voting day is in late April and our school will vote the entire month of April. Our children will participate in selecting the winner of the Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Red Maple, Prix Peuplier, and Prix Tamarac Awards. Based on voting across the province, the best book is announced and the author is honoured with an award at the Festival of Trees™ in Toronto in May, 2018.
Grade Levels for each program: Blue Spruce (1-3), Silver Birch (4-6), Red Maple (7-8), Prix Peuplier (1-3), and Prix Tamarac Awards (4-8)
Your child is encouraged to participate in any of the eligible programs for their grade. To qualify to vote in April at least five of the ten nominated books on the shortlists must be read. In order to complete as many books as possible, students are encouraged to read at school, as well as at home.
Students must have their reading confirmed and registered by James Ayotte, the teacher-librarian, or one of the other Forest® volunteers in our school. This can be done during recess, library time or before or after school. There will be no formal projects to do, just discussions to enjoy an open ended, free conversation around the books. The Forest of Reading® main premise is to foster the love of reading and create lifelong readers.
The reading programs require the support and keen participation of many!
To excite the students and to officially launch the Forest of Reading program, launch events are held in late January. These events include introductions to the books and the procedures of the program!
You, the parents and home
Studies show that parents who read are powerful role models and are one of the most important predictors of children reading. Give reading and books stature in your home! Talk about books with your child. Demonstrate your love for reading and books. Make reading fun! Make Forest of Reading fun! You may want to read aloud to each other.
We suggest that in addition to borrowing these titles from the library, you also visit public libraries or you may wish to purchase some for your child’s home library and have your child share them with friends.
There are many different types of tasks involved in projects such as these. Be assured of the warmest welcome, be it to volunteer in these special projects or to get involved in other library tasks.
Common sense tells us, and research confirms, that the more a student reads the greater their academic success. In addition, the development of a lifelong habit of reading enriches life. Let us boost our children’s reading. We will be asking you for feedback, especially ways and means that these reading projects can be enhanced for your child. If you have questions, suggestions, contributions of time and books, etc. do not hesitate to call me at the school. You can learn more about the different Forest of Reading Awards program at the Ontario Library Association website: http://www.accessola.com. We look forward to this very exciting program and the many opportunities for home and school to work together in nurturing love of reading in our children.