June 24, 2019

The Neuroscience of Reading Aloud

The BEST book that I have read this year was not a far-flung adventurous tale full of heroism and humor but a scientifically-based book on the importance of reading aloud. I know, sounds DULL, but it was not. Meghan Cox Gurdon’s The Enchanted Hour: The miraculous power of reading aloud in the age of distraction, lays out the finest arguments of why we should be reading aloud to one another. Especially to children. Take 30 minutes to listen to this interview from Cool Science Radio to hear some of the best parts. Pay close attention to the segments around 5:20 concerning watching videos versus reading aloud, 14:10 struggling with words, and 21:58 VOCABULARY. Did you know that a child will know  438,000 new words if they are read two picture books a day for one year. Yep, 438,000!!

Listen to the Meghan Cox Gurdon Interview on Cool Science Radio

BUT, we also know that in reality it can be difficult to find that time to read aloud. Between sports practices for kids, getting dinner ready, late work nights, etc., the days can slip away. But don’t let them. Make sure that you set aside a few minutes each night to read books to your child. This is a time to learn, to quiet the brain and slow down a little, and bond with your child. AND DON’T STOP READING TO THEM. Many parents stop reading to their children when the child begins to read. This is when many of our students seemingly plateau with their reading skills! Continue to read to them as long as they will allow you! My daughter is beginning high school this year and we still read every night. Of course, the picture books have long been shelved and we now read books with many sensitive topics that allow us to discuss age-appropriate matter in a meaningful way. If you are reluctant to read a novel to your child, consider downloading an audio book and listen together. (Audio books are free at the public library and can be downloaded to your phone!)

And remember, there is no need to buy books. They are expensive and the library allows you to borrow for free. Your student may also check out books with their CCSD school ID (student number). Don’t want to physically go to the library? Use the SORA app (www.soraapp.com) to have your student login and read books on your phone, ipad, computer, etc. Click the SORA page above if you need assistance with logging in.

So, READ to your children. It is never too late to start or to start again. Reading aloud is truly the anecdote for today’s hectic world.

May 12, 2019

Summer Reading

The Summer Reading program kicks off soon!  I will be introducing it to students this week during the morning news (May 13, 2019) and sending home a flyer soon. Links to the flyer as well as the Cobb County Public Library activity guide and paper log  are below. (Use the paper log to note minutes offline and then submit them via Biblionasium as needed.) The Cobb Public Library kick-off party is May 25 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Cobb Civic Center. Visit the Cobb Public Library site to learn more – it will an amazing party! (I cannot wait to check out Fernbank’s Portable planetarium!) Remember to read at least 20 minutes a day. You can do it!  And parents, I invite YOU to read as well. Take a look at the ADULTS link on the Cobb Public Library site! No one is exempt from summer reading and I cannot wait to hear what books have interested you the most. So unplug if you can (eBooks are great too!), read, read TOGETHER, and share with me when I see you in August.

The goal set for each student is to read and log 1500 minutes into Biblionasium. Students will use their student number and computer password to log into the program. If you need assistance with this over the summer break, please visit any Cobb County Public Library.

For more information, visit the county’s summer reading site: www.cobbsummerreading.com

Happy Reading!!


Cobb Public Summer Activity Guide

~Ms. Crosby


May 9, 2019

Thank you Representatives!

A huge thank you to Senator Jen Jordan, Representative Erick Allen, and School Board Member Charisse Davis for visiting with our fourth grade students. These students studied their “civic” footprint earlier in the school year and learned about candidates running for specific offices. It was terrific for the students to meet their representatives and hear from them. They took time to read to all of our fourth grade classes and answer many questions about their work as representatives. I know that our students better understand the election process, how to contact the people who represent them, and possibly be inspired to enter public service themselves one day.