November celebrates young readers

There are many national observances during November. It is a month in which we celebrate aviation history, historic bridges, military families, and most importantly, our veterans. November is a month for giving thanks, and it is also a month for reading. Along with the previously mentioned observances, November claims National Family Literacy Day (November 1st) and National Young Readers Week (November 9-13th). The importance of reading cannot be overstated, and it is especially important to foster a love for reading at an early age.

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There are many ways in which the Hudson City School District is nurturing young readers and boosting their confidence when it comes to reading. Silvia Buchinsky, a 4th grade teacher at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, celebrated National Family Literacy Day a few days early, on October 30th, when she invited parent readers to her classroom. In what was dubbed the “Spooktacular Reading Event,” parents visited Buchinsky’s class to read Halloween and fall-themed stories. Two such stories were “The Littlest Pumpkin” by R. A. Herman and “Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins” by James Dean.

Even the youngest of our students received the opportunity to grow as readers outside of the classroom. The ever-popular Scholastic Book Fair returned to John L. Edwards Primary School during the first week of November. The fair inherently promotes early literacy, but it also gives a sense of empowerment to young readers. This event offers children the chance to select books specific to their interests and reading levels.

HR1Perhaps the biggest success for early literacy-related programs at HCSD is Hudson Reads, headed by literacy teacher Lisa Dolan. Hudson Reads takes place at MCSIS three days a week. Community “reading mentors” visit the MCSIS library during lunch periods to read with students who have signed up. The students and their mentors choose books from the shelves and then sit down to eat lunch and read. Selections range from stories to poetry to novels. One young female student was even seen with an Italian dictionary!

Students are able to strengthen their reading skills by listening to their mentors read as well as by practicing reading aloud themselves. The practice and support our students at MCSIS receive from their reading mentors gives the students the confidence to keep reading, both in school and just for fun!

The hugely successful Hudson Reads program would not possible without the help of the many community members who volunteer during the week to help students practice their reading skills, once again showcasing the incredible collaboration between our district and our community.

The best part is that most of these programs will not end once we enter December. The HCSD is continually finding ways to promote a love for reading throughout all grade levels. The fact that our parents and community members are as involved as they are speaks volumes about the dedication we all have to our students’ educations.

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