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Tiger Talk: Read To Succeed!

Reading is an essential part of the cognitive development of a child. Starting in the womb, parents and other caretakers are encouraged to read to children daily. Several studies have been cited to support how reading to children will affect thei...

Reading is an essential part of the cognitive development of a child. Starting in the womb, parents and other caretakers are encouraged to read to children daily. Several studies have been cited to support how reading to children will affect their overall cognitive development. We also know from brain research and these studies that children gain a greater vocabulary, develop higher levels of fluency in their language, learn to predict, make inferences, understand emotions, make real-world connections, laugh, cry, and be able to function at a higher level. All of these intangibles are essential to the overall literacy development for your child. In fact, reading is so important that the state of Minnesota has enacted a statute (120B.12) to ensure all students be provided a comprehensive, scientifically based reading instruction. Students have until approximately the third grade to be reading at, or above, grade level or we will have a much harder time catching them up. By this point, most of the brain development has occurred. Promoting reading for our elementary students is very important!

Pine River-Backus Elementary has been busy encouraging and trying to motivate our students to read, as well as celebrating our own love for reading the last few weeks. First, we started by recognizing the annual "I Love To Read Month" in February. Staff began each day by reading excerpts from their favorite books or poems during our morning announcements. Many of our students chose to keep track of all the books they read, and others even earned pledge dollars for each book. We were fortunate enough to raise almost $500.00 to donate to our local food shelf. Way to go PRB kids!

Next, we celebrated the National Education Association "Read Across America Week," March 2-6. This week is designed to promote reading as well, particularly for children and young adults. Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the week by bringing people together to take part in reading books. There are various reading activities, Dr. Seuss themes, and other events being held across the country during this week. PRB Elementary held its annual "Read-In" on Friday, March 6th. We had hundreds of moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and other volunteers read with our students from 1:45-3 pm. It was a huge success! Our school feels grateful to engage stakeholders in our students' education. Thank you for your support. Celebrating our love for reading is so much fun!

Finally, our wonderful teachers work hard each day to help students make connections to reading in the content areas (math, science, social, etc.). We all have gone through learning to read, to reading to learn at some point in our lives.

I would encourage you to check out the Pine River-Backus Facebook page to see all the things our staff, students, and school district have been up to the last month or so. You can access it through a Google search or by clicking on the "parent" tab on our website ( www.prbschools.org ). Many pictures and announcements from the last few weeks are posted to view. You can also follow my Twitter account @rickauliePRB. I try to keep parents updated on the happenings at Pine River-Backus Elementary School.

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