Read to Me

BY Sherry Greene-Starr

 Barnstable West Barnstable Elementary 

Project Description

The goal of this program is to encourage parents of kindergarten students to read to their children on a daily basis. Parents will be asked to read to their children for 15 mins, four times a week during a six week period

. The children will receive a necklace that they add book charms to every week that they complete the reading time. Many students come to school with no one reading to them at home on a regular basis. Research has shown that when a child is read to at home, and they hear a variety of words and stories, that they will benefit academically.Vocabulary, comprehension, attention span, and a knowledge base of stories are all benefits that a child gets from being read to.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

The project will be a success depending on how many participants we have. The ideal goal is 100% of all kindergarten students at school participating, and anything close to that will be wonderful. Anecdotal reports from teachers of children talking about books they have read at home, and how much they enjoy  those reading times will also be a marker of success. Also, the number of children that complete the full 6 weeks and receive a special bracelet at the end of that will also indicate success.

Benefit to the students and the school

The involvement of parents in a child’s education is paramount to any academic success. Research has proven the benefits of hearing stories read aloud, and relaying this information to parents of what they can be doing at home to enhance the academic learning of their child is essential to the school/ parental relationship. The children are proud of their necklaces that they wear around school with the staff praising them for their reading at home. The less visible benefits are shown in improved academic assessments and achievement in reading.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

I would like to start it in the winter time right after winter break. Traditionally that is a slower time, and many families are inside and looking for something to do with their children. Everyone has gotten used to the schedule and understanding the academic expectations of kindergarten.