Elementary Embarks on a Reading Expedition

By: Heather Pickrell

Originally Published: March 8, 2013

Throughout the month of March, Temple Christian School elementary students will be celebrating Reading Month. The children will be trying to meet their class goal each week, leading up to a grand finale celebration. The program encourages the students to develop a love of reading that will last a lifetime.

This year, the theme of Reading Month is “Blast Off with a Good Book”. Students gathered on March 1 for the kick-off event.  Dressed in a real space suit, Emily Richard from the Armstrong Air and Space Museum came to speak to the children about what astronauts do. Afterward, she answered any questions the students asked her.  The elementary teachers also performed a skit about the first man on the moon, and Mr. Bowman played the part of Neil Armstrong.

The goal for the elementary students is to read 100 minutes a week. They keep track of how much they read using reading logs given to them by their teachers. At the end of the week, the children return the reading logs with their times and a parent’s signature. The elementary students are working toward admission to a grand finale, which will be on March 28. They must reach a goal of 300 minutes to be qualified to go to the finale!

The Scholastic Book Fair was featured at Temple Christian School this week. The students made “wish lists” and were able to shop with their grandparents on Thursday.  If you did not get a chance to stop by the book fair, books can still be ordered online through March 12.

To add to the fun of Reading Month, students will be learning about space and space travel during the month of March.  Students in grades 3-5 will be taking a field trip to the National United States Air Force Museum in Dayton.

Reading Month is a great way to motivate children to read and to improve their vocabulary in a fun and engaging way. The students look forward to reaching their goals and celebrating at the grand finale!