MAY 17--All library materials are due! Please look around your house to find misplaced, lost books. The class that returns all its books by the end of the day, May 17, will get a special prize. If you have lost or damaged library materials, please call the library (2792302, ext. 124) and we will let you know the price of the item so you can pay in the Business Office.

If you will be here in La Paz June-July, you may check out books for vacation reading. Please check out the books before May 29. After that the library gets crazy with teachers returning books and wrapping up for the break. Thank you!

Have a restful, READING vacation! See you in the new school year!

Mrs. Chambi

Starting in kindergarten, if a student reads 20 minutes a day at home, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. They will have read for 851 hours by 6 th grade and on standardized tests, they will likely score better than 90% of their peers. This is compelling data on the benefits of encouraging your child to read.

Helps in language development.

From the time your child is born, reading out loud is a positive influence. As your child grows, daily reading will help the brain make connections between the written and spoken word, widening vocabulary in the process. Adding to that benefit, vocabulary knowledge equates to masterful spelling. In fact, reading, spelling and vocabulary are critically important to a child lifelong achievement.

Promotes brain development.

Educators have long said reading makes people smarter, and there’s research backing them up. A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found reading to children of any age wakens a number of regions in the left part of the brain. The areas in the brain that become active involve understanding the meaning of words and concepts tied to memory.

Aids in understanding of a world outside our own

Reading is more than just translating written words into verbal form; it is about understanding those words were once ideas in the minds of great thinkers. It is about realizing those ideas can be connected to personal experiences. Through daily reading, children are exposed to a world outside their own reality. It expands their know-how, opens their minds and creates the potential for a continuation of ideas and an endless number of possibilities.

Strengthens family relationships

There is nothing quite like reading together as a family. Whether you're flipping through picture books with your little ones or sitting in the same room with older kids while, each immersed in a piece of literature, these are times you remember. For a moment, you are all able to escape worries and experience art in written form. It is something that can be recreated in different forms with every new book and family read-a-thon.

Provides endless possibilities

Whether it’s a picture book, a novel or even help resources , there are many options. With technology, particularly tablets like Kindle, your child has access to thousands of books anytime, anywhere. Reading on a Kindle ensures children are never without a new title and, based on their interests, they can easily find recommended books. Additionally, children can take advantage of a Kindle to improve reading skills through the development of word fluency and comprehension. Word Wise , for example, places short and simple definitions and synonyms directly above difficult words in text, so kids can better understand the material and keep reading with few interruptions. Vocabulary Builder automatically takes words users look up and creates flashcards with definitions and word usage examples.



For those of you who don't know already, we're excited to tell you that Scholastic is now up and running on Facebook! It will be your one-stop-shop for the latest information about newest books, best offers and all the most up-to-date ISBC news.



Listen to your favorite actor/actress read your favorite books.

This is another way for your children to listen to stories.

Useful Resources

  • Articles
    • How to encourage literacy in young children (and beyond) - Research indicates a strong correlation between parents reading and storytelling with children in the early years and reading achievement at age 15, with those students performing one to two years above their peers. Read more.
    • 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12 - From picture books to graphic novels, fantasy to family fun, these must-read books have the power to hook both boys and girls. Some are cultural touchstones that belong in every kid's library. Others open kids' minds to cultures beyond their own. Whether you have a reluctant reader or budding bookworm, check out these surefire, kid-tested titles. Read More.
  • Sites & Links
    • International Children's Library - Discover books from around the world at the International Children’s Digital Library. The free site does not read the books aloud, but students can read them independently during Read to Self or free time. This is a great site for extension activities when learning about different regions of the world and can be used effectively into the middle school grades.
    • Story Online - Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books. Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube.
    • We Give Books - A Pearson Foundation Initiative, We Give Books offers students a unique opportunity to read for social good. Each book that is read results in a book that is donated to a charity for children. While the books are not read aloud, they allow students to practice “Read to Self” with a good fit book during center time. There are books for children in preschool through fourth grade.