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  • Reading

    For information about the Elementary Curriculum for 
    Reading/English Language Arts in Prince George's County Public Schools, 
    please visit the following link: 

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    To build an effective reading program, reading teachers must assume many roles. These roles encompass: 

    • Management of the Reading Room
    • Testing
    • Instructional Services
    • Resource services (to parents and teachers)
    • In Services
    • Other Related Services

    Reading and Achieving

    American novelist, John Steinbeck summed up the task of learning to read, as "the greatest single effort that the human mind undertakes, and he must do it as a child." Children who read achieve. It is no wonder that students who score high on the SAT have read more words than students who don’t. Children can’t do it alone. Parents and teachers must support their efforts. What needs to be done? Simply follow the 3 R's:

    1. Read with your child every day.

    Often times when children begin to read, parents/guardians stop reading. Reading with your child should continue on through the grades. Reading is a social experience. It is a time to connect and explore your child’s thinking.

    2. Reach into your wallet to buy books, magazines, and other reading material for your child and yourself.

    Buying books does not have to be expensive. The libraries offer books no longer in circulation for sale. The best buys are in used bookstores. You can find quite a variety of books, but you will need to be selective as to the quality. Nothing, however, beats having children pick their own brand new book. It is empowering for the child and helps them feel committed to reading. Many bookstores offer programs that feature discounts for books.

    3. Rule the TV.

    Put a reasonable limit on televisions, video, and video games so there will be time for reading in your child’s life.The research is too clear-too much television can interfere with the intellectual development of children. It is suggested that children watch no more than three hours of television a day.

    We love to read and love to see students reading. We feature our favorite books below and hope you and your child will enjoy them too.

    Recommended Books for ages 5-8

      irebird  he Snowy Day   Chair for My Mother read and Jam for Frances o, Dog, Go! he Cat in the Hat he Very Busy Spider he Very Hungry Caterpillar he Very Lonely Firefly y Name is Celia


    Recommended books for ages 8-10

    ream Big ufaro's Beautiful Daughters omas and the Library Lady ow Tia Lola Came to Stay buela's Weave omona, the Pest uperfudge udge-a-Mania ales of a Fourth Grade Nothing he Magic Treehouse ncyclopedia Brown harlotte's Web  


    Recommended books for ages 10-12

    ne Crazy Summer he Hobbitchomburg: The Man Who Built a Library  iami Jackson Gets It Straight  harlie and the Chocolate Factory arvesting Hope eleste's Harlem Renaissance he Watsons Go to Birmingham he Secret Garden onia Sotomayor he Great Gilly Hopkins oll of Thunder, Hear My Cry ear Mr. Henshaw  Wrinkle in Time rom the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil