Fostering a love for reading and writing through a fun and engaging weekly after-school program!

The book we’ll be reading:

Never lose hope. Wishes have a way of coming true.

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

About Katherine Applegate

She’s an American young adult and children’s fiction writer, best known as the author of the Animorphs, Remnants, Everworld, and other book series. She won the 2013 Newbery Medal for her 2012 children’s novel The One and Only Ivan. We will be covering Wishtree for our first book club, Katherine Applegate’s New York Times-bestselling novel about an oak tree and a crow who help their neighbors embrace their differences.

About Wishtree

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this “wishtree” watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

Bestselling author Katherine Applegate gets readers rooting for the old tree, along with the people and animals who come to depend on it. Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best―writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.

Overview

Schedule

10-week program

October 3rd through December 19th; Students will be meeting once per week on Thursday afternoons from 5:00-6:30pm to read as a class, followed by active discussion and a reading comprehension/writing activity. No classes on 10/31 & 11/28.

Arts & Crafts

For Grades 3 & 4

A child’s reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language skills.

Small class sizes

Small class size

The class will be capped at 12 students in order to maximize the delivery of educational material.

Arts & Crafts

Aligned with Common Core (CCSS)

All books and activities are carefully chosen to have meaning and purpose, and are aligned with CCSS.

This enrichment program was designed to:
make reading fun!
help build strong vocabularies!
strengthen reading & writing skills!
increase confidence!
reinforce CCSS standards!
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Sharpens the mind by improving memory & focus

Concentrating on the words and the story line stimulates the part of the brain that is responsible for concentration and critical analysis.

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Increases vocabulary & strengthens writing abilities

Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to build their reading and writing skills.

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Enhances imagination & provides positive social interaction

In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative time for children, as they immerse themselves into new worlds and embody various characters alongside their fellow classmates!

Did you know?

Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge, and a better understanding of other cultures.

Reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

You can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.

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