Penguin News

Feb. 5th- Feb. 11th

Thank you!!

Thank you to Liberty Bank, LeSauk Lions Club, Oak Ridge Elementary PTO, GREAT Theater, Cold Stone, and Crafts Direct who are donating money to purchase the books for each family or are getting involved by promoting the book at their business! This is truly becoming a Community Book Project!!

Tips for Reading Aloud with Children

Jim Trelease is an expert in the area of Reading Aloud to children and the author of The Read Aloud Handbook. Here are some tips from Jim about ways you can support your child while reading to them each night!


1. As you read, keep listeners involved by occasionally asking, “What do you think is going to happen next?”


2. If the chapters are long or if you don’t have enough time each day to finish an entire chapter, find a suspenseful spot at which to stop. Leave the audience hanging!


3. Avoid long descriptive passages until the child’s imagination and attention span are capable of handling them. There is nothing wrong with shortening or eliminating them.


4. Allow your listeners a few minutes to settle down and adjust their feet and minds to the story. Begin by asking what happened when you left off yesterday. Mood is an important factor in listening. An authoritarian “Now stop that and settle down! Sit up straight. Pay attention” doesn’t create a receptive mood.


5. Reluctant readers or unusually active children frequently find it difficult to just sit and listen. Paper, crayons, and pencils allow them to keep their hands busy while listening. (You doodle while talking on the telephone, don’t you?)


6. Fathers should make an extra effort to read to their children. Because the vast majority of primary-school teachers are women, young boys often associate reading with women and schoolwork. And just as unfortunately, too many fathers would rather be seen playing catch in the driveway with their sons than taking them to the library. It is not by chance that male school scores have taken a dramatic downturn in the last three decades. A father’s early involvement with books and reading can do much to elevate books to at least the same status as sports in a boy’s estimation.


7. Allow time for discussion after reading a story. Thoughts, hopes, fears, and discoveries are aroused by a book. Allow them to surface and help the child to deal with them through verbal, written, or artistic expression if the child is so inclined. Do not turn discussions into quizzes or insist upon prying story interpretations from the child.



The ultimate goal of reading with your child is to create a love of reading! Anything you can do to make it fun and enjoyable, the better!

Did you know???

All elementary schools in St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids- Rice are also reading Mr. Popper's Penguins?? If you have cousins, friends, teammates, neighbors that attend any of those schools, give them a call and see what they are thinking of Mr. Popper and Captain Cook!