Superintendent's Message

 

Dear Santa,

For Christmas this year, please present the children of Marlette Community Schools the gift of reading.  Gift them with a loving person to read to them for at least 20 minutes per day.  Help loved ones remember that there are no apps to replace precious time on someone’s lap being read to. 

Children who are read to have significant advantages when they start school.  Santa, reading builds vocabulary.  Children who read 20 minutes a day with their parents have better vocabularies when they start school.  Generally, students with larger vocabularies are more successful than their counterparts.  Some research says the vocabulary size a child has when they start schools is a very accurate predictor of future success in school.

In addition Santa, reading builds early literacy skills.  According to the Children’s Reading Foundation, reading aloud with your child for 20 minutes a day provides 600 hours of essential pre-literacy experience before entering school.  “Children whose parents read with them learn to read well and are typically proficient readers by third grade.”

And don’t forget Santa, reading builds relationships.  Enjoying a book and reading with your child every day helps build your relationship with your child.  It is a chance to snuggle and share a favorite classic or a new book from the library.  I have precious memories reading with my own parents as well as reading with my own children.  Children mimic what is modeled for them. If you spend time reading, they will realize how valuable it is!

Look at what reading just 20 minutes a day does Santa!

STUDENT A

STUDENT B

STUDENT C

20 MINUTES PER DAY

5 MINUTES PER DAY

1 MINUTE PER DAY

1,800,000 WORDS PER YEAR

282,000 WORDS PER YEAR

8,000 WORDS PER YEAR

SCORES IN THE 90TH PERCENTILE ON STANDARDIZED TESTS

SCORES IN THE 50TH PERCENTILE ON STANDARDIZED TESTS

SCORES IN THE 10TH PERCENTILE ON STANDARDIZED TESTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Santa, as you fill your sleigh this year, be sure to add lots of books and gift our children with the very precious gift of reading!

Your friend,

Sarah Barratt, Superintendent

Marlette Community Schools