2021 Read-a-Thon Resources
Reading isn’t always as easy as just picking up ANY book. Building a good foundation for young readers has so much to do with connection and accessibility to the right reading material. This page includes resources for all our students as well as some more targeted resources for our TK/K-2nd and for our 3rd-6th grade student groups.
What you'll find here...
- Reading Resources for All Students
- Special Presentation by Dr. Adams
- Free Caribu Access!
- Library Card Drive
- Reading Resources for Woodland Students
- Family Literacy Toolkit
- Woodland Library Tour
- Reading Resources for Kaiser Students
- Video Message from Kaiser Faculty
- Read-Aloud Resources
- Kaiser Library Tour
- Author's Day
Reading Resources for ALL Students
Special Presentation from Dr. Darryl Adams
Dr. Darryl Adams has spent 30 years as an educator, servant leader, and literacy advocate with the goal of preparing all students for college, career and citizenship. As a K-12 school superintendent, Dr. Adams led significant educational reform efforts in his former district, in our state and in our nation.
Under Dr. Adams’ leadership and advocacy, the nation’s first 21st Century Mobile Learning initiative was created, and Dr. Adams was recognized by President Obama as one of the Top 100 Innovative Superintendents in America. President Obama specifically highlighted Dr. Adams’ innovative and creative Wifi-on-Wheels program that installed Wifi routers on school buses and then parking those buses in neighborhoods and trailer home parks where there was no internet connectivity. As a result, students gained access to 21st Century Literacy Skills that increased the districts’ graduation rate from 70% to 95%.
Dr. Adams spoke to our parent and teacher community on March 15th about how reading is fundamental to developing the mind, 21st Century literacy skills, and reading processes and programs that work.
View the Presentation:
Literacy in the 21st Century - Dr. Darryl Adams
FREE Caribu Access!
Caribu is an app that allows you to read, draw, and play games with friends and family through an interactive video call.
Caribu has generously provided us with a free month of access for all of our students! Use the code when signing up. Thanks, Caribu!
FREE ACCESS CODE: WOODLAND
Yes, even Kaiser students can use this code!
Caribou works on Apple devices (iPhone / iPad), Android devices and computers (Chromebooks or your home computer). Once you set up an account with your email address, you can use that same account on multiple devices. Family & friends only need to set up a free account in order to accept your student’s. Please do not share this code with others.*
- Website: https://app.caribu.com/
- Apple https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id763451959?pt=118732520&ct=caribu_home_download&mt=8
- Android https://caribu.link/android
*IMPORTANT: This code is for use by Woodland and Kaiser families only and should not be shared with others. We have limited uses for this code and sharing outside the school will limit other student’s ability to enjoy this program. Your family and friends will only need to set up a free account in order to read in the app with your student(s).
Library Card Drive
Thank you to all who participated in our recent library card drive. Newport Beach Public Library cards will be returned to all families who submitted applications via your student’s backpack during the Read-A-Thon. Watch your Knightline weekly emails for updates!
A special note from Miss Christine, Librarian at the Newport Beach Library
Reading Resources for Woodland Elementary
Building a Family Literacy Toolkit - Live Zoom for Parents
March 4th, KWPFO hosted a virtual Read-a-Thon kickoff where Dr. Amy Nagy, Woodland principal and support teachers, Leah Perkins and Holly Hoffman discussed the science and techniques parents can employ to help children develop strong reading skills and answered parent questions ranging from advice on selecting books to how to handle bedtimes with multiple readers at all different levels. This discussion is geared toward TK/K-2nd grades, but has helpful insights for all.
Presentation slides and linked resources
Woodland Library Tour
Welcome Woodland Dragons to the library! Our TK and Kindergarten students haven’t had a chance yet to see the inside of the library, and parents may not know how students can check out books. Our fantastic school librarian, Mrs. Babovic, provided a video to learn more about the Woodland library.
A special message from Mrs. Babovic
Reading Resources for Kaiser Elementary
A Video Message From The Kaiser Faculty
If you thought reading aloud to your student was only for their early years, think again. Mrs. Rauch, 6th grade teacher, shares with us a message from the Kaiser faculty behind reading with your upper-elementary grade students.
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/iCo4soklomg
Resources from Jim Trelease, educator and advocate for reading aloud to students
Jim Trelease is the author of best-selling The Read-Aloud Handbook and in past years has presented to many of our faculty who still utilize his teachings and advice in their classrooms today. Below are links to resources from Mr. Trelease’s materials (used with his permission).
Helpful Pamphlets on Reading Aloud - Written by Jim Trelease and recommended by Kaiser Teaching Staff (shared with permission from Jim Trelease).
- Ten Facts Parents Should Know About Reading
- Diez hechos que los padres deben entender sobre la lectura-Spanish translation
- Why Read Aloud to Children?
- Thirty DO's to Remember When Reading Aloud
- Fathers, Sons, & Reading
- Padres, Hijos, y la Lectura (Spanish translation)
- Questions Parents Always Ask About Reading Aloud
Excerpt from The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease: Read-Aloud Handbook-Introduction pg 1 (trelease-on-reading.com)
Purchase The Read-Aloud Handbook, Eighth Edition by Jim Trelease’s: AmazonSmile: Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook: Eighth Edition (9780143133797): Trelease, Jim, Giorgis, Cyndi: Books
Kaiser Library Tour
Welcome Kaiser Knights to the library! We know our 3rd graders and new students haven't had a chance to see the inside of the library this year, and parents may not know how students can check out books, so our wonderful librarian, Ms. Sheppard, put together this video to give you a peek inside.
The last few minutes of the video provide a helpful walk-through on how to check out books with the new Destiny Discover checkout system.
Video Link: youtu.be/f8EI75JgyZ8
Author’s Day at Kaiser Elementary
On Read Across America Day, Kaiser Knights participated in the annual event - AUTHOR'S DAY! We want to offer a huge thank you to Austin Kennedy, a Kaiser and Woodland parent, and author of the book The Wendals.
Get to know what Author's Day is all about by visiting youtu.be/Gd4VxFaB14Q
Also, support this local author and supportive member of our Kaiser/Woodland community by purchasing the book on Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B08GPW4B57/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_5HXYQEYKTWH83JJ6VHSN
Each guide takes you to a destination through our Passport to Reading. You’ll find activities, crafts, recipes, and read-alouds from the countries in the program.
Dates to Remember
March 4th, 7 p.m. - “Building a Family Literacy Toolkit” Zoom
March 15th - Read-a-Thon Begins!
March 18th - Prize Day
March 23th - Prize Day
March 25th - Prize Day
March 26th - Read-a-Thon Ends
March 29th - Prize Day
March 31st - Final Read-a-Thon Results
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