I would like to invite any parents, older siblings, grandparents, relatives, or other special people to surprise your child by being a "Mystery Reader" this year in our classroom. Students love having their family, friends, and relatives visit our classroom to share in our learning by reading a favorite story aloud to our class.
Mystery Readers will visit us on Friday each week (schedules permitting of course). Readers are asked to bring a book to read or read a book from our classroom library. A cute idea might be to bring along a little token or souvenir for each child in the class. The "little" something could symbolize an aspect of the story that kids could bring home to share with their parents. For example, after reading a story called "Icky Bugs" give each child a toy plastic bug. (This is just an idea, please don’t feel obligated.)
The whole thing should only take about 20 minutes.
(give or take a few)
If you can find a date that works for you, please sign up to be a Mystery Reader for the 2012-2013 school year.
Please indicate at least two dates (if possible) that will work for you so that I can accommodate the most people. You can either email me your preferred dates or send your top choices in a "top secret" envelope to school with your child. I will get back to you as soon as I can to confirm your official Mystery Reader date.
Please include the following information:
Email address or phone #
Relation to Student
I have also created a Mystery Reader sign-up book that will be kept in the classroom throughout the year. If you would prefer to just come to the room and pick your date, feel free to do that instead.
If you cannot make it on any of the scheduled Friday dates just let me know and we can arrange another time.
Remember, you are a mystery to the class, so try not to tell your child when you will be coming!
Please see me, e-mail me or drop me a "secret" note if you have any further questions. We can't wait!
Here are some tips for reading to kindergarteners!
· Show the cover and ask the children what they think the book may be about before reading it.
· Be dramatic! Put lots of expression into your voice. You may feel a little silly, but they will love it!
· When reading, show the pictures after each page if possible.
· Quickly explain words or phrases that the children may not understand.
· Encourage the students to respond to the book during the reading, but don’t let discussions continue for too long or you’ll lose some of your audience!