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Reading key of the week: Hope

• Mar 23, 2018 at 12:30 PM

In February, Mary A. White Elementary School kicked off an initiative called #CommmunityOfReaders.

Through their initiative, the Grand Haven school invited families and the community to join with them in reading “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate. Throughout the next seven weeks, educators are sharing “keys” to reading. This week’s key is hope.

The following information is from local educators and “Every child a super reader: 7 strengths to open a world of possible” by Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell.

For families and residents reading “The One and Only Ivan,” the suggested reading this week is pages 260-300.

What is hope? It’s thinking optimistically and believing efforts from today will produce good things in the future. Hopeful children are willing to pursue knowledge and engage in activities that will help them grow as a writer and reader. Additionally, children who are hopeful are eager to play a role in making the impossible possible.

What do we want children to think? “I believe in my ability to make good things happen in my life.”

Ways to develop your child’s sense of hope:

• Read books that focus on hope

• Ask your child questions such as: What are your dreams? What new ideas, hopes, and dreams has your reading inspired? How can you help someone else feel hopeful?

• Share stories that demonstrate having hope

Recommended books:

“Gleam and Glow” by Eve Bunting

“Henry’s Freedom Box” by Ellen Levine

“The Harmonica” by Tony Johnston

“A Home for Bird” by Philip C. Stead

You can connect with Mary A. White and other readers on social media and help create a #CommunityOfReaders.

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