Super Reader Kindness

When I started to write this weeks blog post I spent a few minutes looking back on the past weeks and thinking about how important each of these Super Reader traits are; Belonging, Curiosity, Friendship, and this week Kindness.  These characteristics are what help our students not just achieve academically but become good individuals who care about each other and feel connected to their community.  When I think about what I want for my own kids and the skills I want them to develop these would all be at the top of my list, with this week’s focus of kindness being number one.

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Why is kindness an important trait for Super Readers to develop?  Research shows that when students are happy they can learn more, when other students are kind it makes a big impact on the happiness level of the whole classroom.  We can help model kindness in both the books we share with our students and with how we encourage and model how students behave and treat each other.

“Studying point of view in literature can have a far-reaching influence on a child’s ability to respect perspectives that may be different from his or her own”  pg.85

Here are some suggestions from Every Child a Super Reader  to help your child develop their sense of kindness:

  • Borrow books from friend, family, or neighbors.  Demonstrate the proper care of other’s property and how to show gratitude.
  • Let your child know when someone showed you kindness, and how it made you feel.
  • Help your child keep track of acts of kindness that he or she receives.
  • Encourage your child to do an act of kindness each day.
  • Talk openly and honestly about digital citizenship.  What does it feel like when someone is being kind to you online?  When have you expressed kindness online?
  • Find out if your local library or community offers programs to help teach reading skills, if it does see if there are volunteer opportunities.
  • Encourage your child to start a digital blog or journal of kindness.

Student Book Recommendation

See You in the Cosmos

Author: Jack Cheng

by Sara Jean P.

See You in the Cosmos

    See You in the Cosmos is about a young boy named Alex Petroski. He has a plan to send his golden IPod into space like his hero Dr. Carl Sagan. Him and his dog who he named after his hero. Went to SHARF with a rocket he made. Along the way he meets some friends and doesn’t think he can make it all the to SHARF. But the big question is will the rocket he made make it to space. The real adventure though comes after SHARF. What will happen I don’t know. Read See You in the Cosmos to find out.
About the Author

Jack Cheng was born in Shanghai China. But he grew up right here in Michigan. After spending nearly a decade in New York,, working in advertising and tech,he now lives in Detroit he now lives in Detroit so much easier see you in the cosmos is his first novel for young readers.

 

Super Reader Friendship

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This week’s chapter in Every Child A Super Reader focused on the strength of friendship.  Friendship is often something we identify as a necessary characteristic to support well being for kids but is over looked when we are discussing academic achievement.  Students who are able to understand the dynamics of relationships within the text and identify friendships are able to understand many more aspects of the storyline and make predictions and inferences with higher accuracy.  If a child is often misunderstanding relationships of characters with a book they may also be doing this with relationships in real life.  Helping students create strong friendships is important to their well being and happiness.

Reading can be a venue to help foster friendships and make connections for students.  Students can connect based on shared reading interests or even by identifying common themes they find in books and texts.  As you are helping develop your child’s curiosity, last week’s strength, you can help connect them with other individuals to dig into the book or the ideas that come from the book.  Maybe your child is reading a book about soccer and is curious about the rules and you know a cousin or neighbor that loves soccer that is an easy connection.  Finding those opportunities and helping your child know how to start with questions and conversation starters are great ways to help them develop relationship skills and strong friendships.

 

Student Book Recommendation

Colt C.

Circus Mirandus Cassie Beasly Book Report By Colt J C.

 

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????????Why you should read this book???????? If you like a little bit of mystery, a lot of fantasy, and some adventure…This book is for you. The adventure awaits.

All about me

Here are some things about me. I am almost ten. I live in Jenison, Michigan I have two a younger sibling and an older sibling. I love to read. I love animals. I like reading under my bed that is almost as tall as me. I like nature books, fantasy books, and informational books. Thank you for reading have a nice day.

Super Readers Curiosity

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The second strength from Every Child A Super Reader  is curiosity.  When you are reading with your child how often do you take time to think about the topic in the book?  How often does your student ask questions that requires them to look outside the book for answers?  Most books give readers a snapshot of an event, culture, time era, and/or location.  Does your child ever want to go deeper into these things?  How can you help encourage them to feed their own curiosity?  One of the simplest ways is just giving them time to think about their book and ask questions.  Then encourage them to find the answers; they could search on the internet, they could go to the library and find more books about the topic, they could ask someone older, research can be done in a variety of ways.  When a child is truly interested they don’t care about a timer being set they will get lost in their topic and be excited for each new piece of information.  Here is a great hand out from the book with ideas on how to support your child’s curiosity at home.

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Student Book Recommendation

Riley J

Harry Potter Series

Riley has created a video recommending the Harry Potter series if you or your child have not had a chance to read one of these fantasy books we encourage you to try one this summer.

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