Dear Hunnewell Families,
Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome to Hunnewell! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your children as readers and writers this Fall. One of the most exciting things I continually hear is how your children love to read, love to be read to, and are supported with many trips to both the school and town libraries to borrow books.
One of the best indicators of reading proficiency is volume. Our readers need to have eyes on print each and every day, both in and out of the classroom. This means LOTS of books! As we head into the holiday season here are a few ways to give the gift of reading…
•Donate a used book to your child’s classroom, a neighbor or relative.•Swap a used book with a friend so you each have a new book to read over vacation.•Read aloud a holiday story. Maybe even start a tradition of 8 books for the 8 nights of Hanukkah, or 24 books for the countdown to Christmas.•Donate a book to the Hunnewell library. Our librarian, Roxanne Scott, has a wish list on as well as at Wellesley Books. A nameplate will be added in honor of your family donation.•Take a trip to the library to stock up on books for vacation.•Create a special spot for books in your child’s room (a feeling of ownership is important).•Subscribe to a magazine; your child will have new material to read each month!•Talk positively with your child about reading, praise his/her strengths. (One of the most critical aspects of reading is how a child feels about reading.)•Model reading at home. Children who see their parents as readers will most likely become readers themselves.•Recommend books to your child. Help navigate your child to interesting books or new genres.•Discuss books with your child.•Set aside time for reading. Make it a habit!.
The more children read, the better readers they will become!I wish you all a wonderful holiday season full of family, friends, good cheer, and lots of reading!Best,Lisa Mortarelli
Literacy Specialist

Hunnewell Elementary School

28 Cameron Street • Wellesley • Massachusetts • 02482
Phone 781-446-6275 Ellen Quirk, Principal • Amy Mistrot, Secretary

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