What's the mystery behind mystery readers? Some of you have asked this question. In a nutshell, becoming a mystery reader is a fun way for you to get involved in your child's classroom. Many teachers are setting aside a small amount of time, once per week, to allow parents, grandparents, older siblings, or any other family members to come in and read to their class.
The fun part of this experience is, no one knows who the reader is until they show up with their favorite childhood book. The parent has to answer a few questions about themselves and give the information to the teacher before hand. Those questions might include: "How many kids do you have?" "What is your favorite meal?" "What are your hobbies?" "How many pets do you have?"
Just before the parent shows up, the teacher reads the clues, that the parent has given her to the children. The children try to guess who the reader is and it's an absolute delight when a child finds out it's their parent. Occasionally, the child learns something new about their parents.
At the beginning of the school year, teachers create a signup sheet that includes all available dates. Parents can then sign up in the classroom or by sending the teacher an email indicating the date they are available. If no parents volunteer for a specific date, the teacher can invite other faculty members or community leaders.
Getting involved in your child's classroom is a great way for you to re-enforce the home & school relationship. It allows parents to show their children that school and reading are valued.
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