Q: What if my child has already read a book on the book list?
A: That’s even better! Have you ever watched a movie more than once and noticed something different every single time or, perhaps, gained an even deeper appreciation for a character? The same thing happens when we read a book more than once. We allow ourselves an opportunity to dig deeper and explore untapped meaning. The reading response questions are the perfect solution for guiding your reader through new reading skills and critical thinking using a familiar book.
Q: What if my child is unable to read some of the books independently?
A: No problem! We encourage parents to use this opportunity to read to their child. Not only does this practice create bonding time for parent and child, but it also supports reading fluency and engagement. We are currently working on an audio recording option for readers to follow along in their books. In the meantime, we do our best to pull audiobook versions of the book at no additional. If you opt for an audiobook option, we do encourage readers to have a physical copy of the book to follow along. This helps them build their decoding and fluency skills for independent reading.
Q: What digital platform do you use for weekly book discussions?
A: We use a platform called Google Classroom. Access to our online platform is included in your enrollment.
Q: What is Google Classroom?
A: It’s a student-friendly learning management platform that enables student discussion posts and teacher feedback. The platform also allows simple file sharing, so we can easily upload Reading Checkpoints to monitor comprehension as well as articles and videos that extend the content of the novel.
Q: How will students use Google Classroom for the Book Club?
A: We will use Google Classroom as a discussion forum. Students will be encouraged to collaborate and exchange ideas in a reading community. We’ll also upload quick reading checkpoints for students to use optionally to monitor their comprehension of the story. We may even post an article or video to extend readers’ thinking about the text. Google Classroom will also be our primary point of communication for all book club updates.
Q: Is this a reading course?
A: Not at all. Readers are encouraged to create a personalized reading schedule that works best for them in order to complete the book within the 4 weeks. Don’t worry. We cover that in the book club introductory video. Maintaining a consistent weekly reading schedule will ensure that readers will have something to contribute to the ongoing book discussion without feeling “behind” if they choose to read the book in the last few days. However, that’s okay too. The flexibility is yours.
Q: Is the book included with enrollment?
A: The book is NOT included with your enrollment, but we do offer our best resources for accessing the book affordably or, in some cases, completely free!
Q: How can I contact you if I have questions along the way?
A: Email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Do you provide resources that support parents in assisting their child with comprehending as they read?
A: Absolutely! Ensuring that parents are equipped and empowered to support their child's reading growth is one of our top priorities. Our weekly discussion questions are parent-friendly and easily accessible for parents to use for at-home discussion. We also provide reading checkpoints to help students maintain the plot of the story as they read. These are quick and simple, text-based questions that parents can use to follow along in the book as well.
Q: What if my child is outside of the recommended age range?
A: No problem. The selected books for this book club was chosen with readers ages 9-12 in mind. They reflect the social issues that students in this age range can relate to. However, students outside of this grade range are welcome to join us. If your child is below 4th grade, we just ask that you take a look at the book summaries for each book (checkout titles on Amazon) to ensure that you are comfortable with your child reading the books. If your child is older and you simply want them to join to increase their reading habits and/or skills, we welcome them. More opportunities to read will never be detrimental to any reader, regardless of their age.