Fisher Cats Reading Challenge

   The New Hampshire Fisher Cats Reading Challenge challenges students to read five books outside of the normal school day during the school year. Students who complete the challenge will earn two tickets to a 2018 New Hampshire Fisher Cats game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium at a special "Reading Challenge" celebration. Plus, each participant will get to play catch on the field at the game you choose to attend!

   The schools with the highest percentage of students who complete the challenge have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling $5,000. Salisbury Elementary School has won more cash prizes than any other New Hampshire school. We have used the winnings to support "I Love to Read" month author visits and many other reading related activities. Let's win again!

    Please note: 1. Please return all paperwork to the school, and do not send directly to the Fisher Cats. We will send all student forms to the Fisher Cats together. 2. If you do not want to go to a game, please complete the challenge, and please return your paperwork to school. The more children who participate, the more likely the school will be entered in the drawings for cash prizes. Have fun!

Wish List
Care to contribute to Additional Reading Support reading prizes?
The Reading Program can use any small prizes you may have or may purchase.
Examples include: special pencils, erasers, school supplies, inexpensive toys.
Please contact or send to Mr. Johnson.
Thank you so much.
All efforts towards encouraging children to read more are appreciated.

From: Helping Your Child Become a Successful Reader: A Guide for Parents

Read to your children every day.
Use Mother Goose to stimulate language development.
Use Dr. Seuss books to introduce and reinforce rhymes.
Choose alphabet books for beginning readers.
Read stories you and your children enjoy.
Discontinue reading books that are not being enjoyed.
Read slowly and with expression.
Children learn by imitation. You are a powerful role model.
Stop and discuss new vocabulary when appropriate.
Encourage children to build mental pictures.
Allow for short discussion before, during, and after the reading.
Remember to ask open-ended questions like “why” and “how.”
Try to connect or relate the reading to life.
Talk about what you are doing and why.
Stop when frustration hits.
Invite your child to read to you.
Transition to sustained silent reading.
Smile a lot.
Laugh at the funny parts.
Remember, above all, have fun.

Additional Reading Support Goals

The goal of all additional reading support is to move each child ahead as much as possible with reading skills. 

Grade K
     Grade K children are exposed to read alouds and additional phonemic awareness and phonics skills.Parents can follow through with reading more to their children daily. The more exposure to books the better. See "20 Read-Aloud Reminders" in the left column. 

Grades 1,2,3,4,5
      Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 children are presented the Leveled Literacy Intervention program designed by researchers Irene Fountas and Gay Sue Pinnell. This is an intensive and specific program that focuses on basic reading skills, vocabulary words, reading practice, and writing. Children take books home to practice every night, and parents can help by making sure their children follow through with practicing their reading. 

Additional Reading Support services provide by Bruce Johnson, Reading Specialist, and/or Meghan Demers, Reading Tutor.