Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) is an enrichment program, sponsored by the Charlton Heights PTA, intended as a collaborative effort among parents, teachers and the community to build a strong reading partnership between home and school. Learning to read is the single most important activity in a child’s education. Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education. In addition, the daily activity of reading together strengthens reading and communication skills in the child and also strengthens the parent/child relationship.
At age 9, Alice Ozma, author of "The Reading Promise" begins a reading streak with her father in which they commit to reading together every day for 100 days. Although it is challenging to complete that first 100 days, they realize - while celebrating over pancakes - how important their time together has become. So, they decide to continue the streak. They continue to read together every single night until Alice leaves for college after 3,218 consecutive days. While still in college, Alice wrote "The Reading Promise," about her experience and what it has meant to her, inspiring the love of reading in others.
With Alice and "The Reading Promise" as our inspiration, this year we are promoting "the Great CH Reading Streak," asking parents and children to commit to read together for at least fifteen minutes daily for 100 days! Our hope is that by providing added support - and incentives - every family can make reading a part of their daily routine. Here's how it will work:
Return your reading streak registration [FORM] as soon as possible. Reading records will be kept online and you will receive a link via email where you can track your progress.
You may earn extra chances to win prizes by participating in additional activities in support of literacy.
1. Let’s visit the Library! - We are working
with the BHBL Community Library to allow CH students to register
for a public library card via backpack mail. A registration form
is included in this packet and due back to the school by Wed
March 5th. Librarian Rebecca Darling will deliver new cards to
students during lunch hour on Wed March 12. During this time we
will provide information about upcoming library programs. Borrow
a book and attend a library program.
2. It’s okay to Turn ON the Tech! - in the
interest of easing frantic schedules, we'd like to encourage the
use of technology in accessing reading materials and
Instructions will be provided for downloading free eBooks and audiobooks from your public library and the Charlton Heights Library.
3. Read, Discuss & Create – discussing what you’ve read reinforces literacy skills. Students may wish to create a poster of their favorite scene or character from a book. Older students might consider making a short video book review with the help of their partners.
4. Celebrate! – Reading Streak wrap-up party on Wed June 18th during lunch. Who will win?? Read and find out…
Download The Great Reading Streak form. [FORM]