HSSD's Reading Initiative Continues

Dear Parent/Guardian:

During the next few weeks our district will be embarking on a special project, an all district book club One District, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle – and will be asked to read it at home over the months of February and March. I am personally asking you to make the time so your family can participate in this special activity.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. But it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. Thru the One District, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, even administration staff – will be following along together.

Your child will receive his/her copy of The Mouse and the Motorcycle with this letter. You will also receive a reading schedule so that you can keep up at home. Generally you will be asked to read a chapter a night – about 15 minutes per night.

In school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class, there may be various activities which discuss or explore the book. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so your child can be included. Throughout February and March, everyone will be talking about The Mouse and the Motorcycle!

One District, One Book is a novel program in that children at all grade levels will all be listening to the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and stimulate older children.

I know that you’ll enjoy this special reading time with your children. I hope to talk with both you and your student sometime this month about Ralph and Keith and the adventures that ensure around a tiny motorcycle. “When a whole community reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can build a Community of Readers in the Hot Springs School District.
Best Regards,

Mike Hernandez, Ed. D.
Hot Springs School District

READING SCHEDULE for The Mouse and the Motorcycle
by Beverly Cleary (1965)

Introduce book (Chapter 1) – Week of February 15th

Week One, February 22–26
Monday          Chapter Two
Wednesday   Chapter Three
Friday              Chapter Four

Week Two, February 29-March 4
Monday          Chapter Five
Wednesday   Chapter Six
Friday             Chapter Seven

Week Three, March 7-March 11
Monday          Chapter Eight
Wednesday   Chapter Nine
Friday             Chapter Ten

Week Four, March 14-18
Monday          Chapter Eleven
Wednesday   Chapter Twelve
Friday             Chapter Thirteen

Welcome to our Hot Springs Reading Promise!

Reading aloud to children is very important.

Please pledge to read aloud with your family at least 20 minutes each night.

Here are some reasons to read aloud each night!

1. Open Minds: Books are the best way to introduce new and valuable concepts.

2. Broaden Their World: Books introduce children to heroes and take our children places.

3. Model Reading for Them: Children do what they SEE us doing. When we enjoy books they will too. 

4. Help Them Wind Down: Reading together helps slow down and fall asleep.

5. End Their Day with Happiness: In all that our world offers, what children REALLY want is one-on-one time with YOU.