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Tips for Parents
Set aside a regular reading time at home. Make it a family participation activity.

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 2005
"Hunt for a Good Book"

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

In-School Events:

  • 3/3 Pre-PARP Program- The Jungle comes to Stratford Road School The students will meet safari hunters and animals and receive a special gift to bring home.
  • 3/3 - 3/11 PARP Website Children will be visiting the PARP website and answering questions about reading during library time. Please visit the PARP Website at
  • 3/7PARP Kickoff "Aesop Rocks" The students will attend an assembly performance about Aesop's Fables.
  • 3/7 through 3/11 Animals For every 15 minutes or more that your child reads, we are asking the student to color and bring in an "Animal" from the package to move our Jeep through our safari bulletin board.
  • 3/7 through 3/11Kids Feeding Kids Food Drive Every student is asked to bring in food that will be donated to Island Harvest. Please see the activity sheet for details.
  • 3/7 through 3/11Red Rover Brain Teaser Game During the student's physical education period they will be playing Red Rover and answering brainteasers about animals.
  • 3/8 Imaginary Safari Story The students can write a story and draw a picture of themselves on safari. The stories will be displayed by the PARP bulletin board. Please see the activity sheet for details.
  • 3/9 Read a T-Shirt Day The students will wear T-shirts with words, animal prints or animals on them.
  • 3/9 Principal's Challenge Send in your child's ideas for the Principal's Challenge. Please see the activity sheet for details.
  • 3/11 Guest Reader Day During this annual event we invite guests from all walks of life to visit the individual classrooms and read to our students. The guest reader explains to the students the importance of reading in their chosen profession.

Please note that only activities with due dates will be collected. The rest are activities to enjoy at home with your child.

At-Home Activities:

  • Visit the PARP website to read our Students' Visions.
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Mazes
  • Animal Coloring Forms to chart your reading progress.
Remember, you can find all of our PARP 2005 materials right here.

Principal's Challenge
If school-wide reading goals are met, our principal will perform three challenges proposed by our students. Please submit suggestions by Wednesday, March 9.

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 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 2005 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!

Kathy Rea & Ellen Hayman, Co-Chairs
The Stratford Road School PTA PARP Committee




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