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Tips for Parents
Ask questions while reading. Encourage your children to ask questions as well.

PARP is a statewide program designed to encourage children to read at home with their parent/guardian, grandparents or siblings for 15 minutes each day. Learning to read is the single most important activity in a child's education.

Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education. PARP asks parents/guardians to encourage their children to read, impressing upon them the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative. Reading to our children further helps to supplement the excellent reading programs currently used in our school.

PARP 2001
Respect the Environment
And Discover the World

Welcome to Parents/People As Reading Partners (PARP). Please take some time to become familiar with the activities planned for the next two weeks. We have included some helpful information below:

In-School Events:

  • Monday, March 5 - Kickoff Assembly: "Habits that Save the Habitat"
  • Tuesday, March 6 - Read a T-Shirt Day
  • Thursday, March 8 - Vine-Line Book Review due
  • Friday, March 9 - Guest Reader Day
  • Tues./Wed., March 13/14 - Book Swap
  • Thursday, March 15 - Book Cover due
  • Wednesday, March 14 - Principal's Challenge and Nickel Estimates due
  • Ongoing Activities:
    • Environmental Red Rover in Phys. Ed. Class
    • Recycle Projects in Art Class
    • Special Reading Songs in Music
    • PARP Web-site during library time
At-Home Activities:
  • Write Book Review
  • Dictionary Scavenger Hunt
  • Good Earth Deeds Log
  • Word Search
  • Word Finds
  • Create a Book Cover
  • Make a Bookmark Activity
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Family Game Night/Turn off the TV
PARP Reading Adds Up
Beginning Monday, March 5th, we are requesting your child and their reading partner to read for 15 minutes. This year we will be collecting nickels for every 15 minutes of reading, allowing the students to make a difference in the world by donating to a charitable organization. We will also involve math in the program by having the students estimate how much money is in the collection jar. We think the children will enjoy seeing the money jar fill up as they read!

Vine-Line Book Review
Please ask your child to choose a book they would like to recommend to a friend. Then, on the project sheet, have your child complete the information requested. Please return this sheet to school beginning Monday, March 6th through Friday, March 15th. The completed sheets will be used to create a "Book Vine" in school.

Book Swap
Help your child recycle their favorite books by bringing them to our Book Swap. Every child is asked to swap a gently used or new book. The books should be age-appropriate for your child's grade. We especially need books for the upper grades, so if you have older children in the family, use this opportunity to go through their bookcases. Please send as many books as possible to school with your child between Monday, March 5th and Friday, March 9th. Each child will receive one book. Extra books they will be donated to the school library and the classroom libraries.

Principal's Challenge
If school-wide reading goals are met, our principal will perform three challenges proposed by our students. Please submit suggestions by Tuesday, March 13th.

Family Game Night/Turn off the TV
On Tuesday, March 12th, encourage your family to turn off the TV and play games involving reading. These can include Scrabble, Cat in the Hat, Clue, Monopoly, Boggle, etc. Have fun together!

Web Site:
We are very pleased to present, once again , the Stratford Road School PTA PARP web site! Online, the children will be responding to questions about reading and the environment during their regularly scheduled library time. You can check this site daily for updates and to read your child's responses. You can find almost all of the materials for PARP 2001 on the Materials Page.

The PARP projects were designed to be both simple and fun and we hope your child and their reading partner enjoy doing them. Even after PARP is officially over, you should continue reading with your child every day!

The Stratford Road School PTA PARP Committee
Susan Botta & Linda Brickman, co-chairs




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