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    By mnolan

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    We use an at home reading calendar that goes home with the student at the beginning of each month. There are clear instructions on it and in an intial letter as to how it is to be completed for the child's at home reading. These are collected at the end of the month and must be signed by a parent in order to get credit for the books completed at home. We have a recess homework club for 4th and 5th grade. Any student who does not hand in their signed and correctly completed reading calendar on the day it is due will attend Homework Club at recess to read instead of going outside. I also have a Missing Reading Calendar letter that goes home with the child alerting the parent of the missing calendar and that the student will continue to attend Homework Club until the signed paper is handed in. If the calendar was lost I require the student to attend Homework Club until one appropriate level book is completed. I keep extra calendars on hand in school for those students who lose their calendar. Because the students must record the minutes read on their calendar every night they should know right away if the calendar is missing and ask me for a new one. I tell them to just start recording on the date they received the new calendar. If too much of the calendar is not filled in I again require the student to make up this reading at Homework Club. I set book goals for each month and send home a monthly update to parents so the student, parents, and I know if the child is on track with books completed(in class and out) to meet our 25 book standard for the year. I do not allow any student to fall behind from month to month. They catch up by attending Homework Club and missing recess.

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