Encourage Your Child to Read with First Page Friday

Fifth-grade Jordan Creek Elementary students read the first pages of books during First Page Friday.

Fifth-grade Jordan Creek Elementary students read the first pages of books during First Page Friday.

Fifth-grade students at Jordan Creek Elementary and Fairmeadows Elementary have been meeting with their teachers and teacher librarians for “First Page Friday,” a reading activity that gives students the opportunity to experience new books and genres. The students read the first page of several books, then choose one of the books to finish and share with their classmates. They can also share the first page of a book they like with the group.

“It’s all about reading for enjoyment and becoming a lifelong reader,” said Jordan Creek Elementary teacher librarian Kristy Skoglund said. “We wanted to expose students to more books,
and we wanted them to enjoy books.”

Jordan Creek Elementary teacher librarian Kristy Skoglund reads to fifth-graders during First Page Friday.

Jordan Creek Elementary teacher librarian Kristy Skoglund reads to fifth-graders during First Page Friday.

Jordan Creek fifth-graders Will Larson and Tag Booth both said First Page Friday has helped them find books they otherwise would not have read. Larson said he decided to participate in First Page Friday because he trusted his teacher’s recommendations.

“I like that it is a community of people who like to read,” he said.

Skoglund and Jordan Creek fifth-grade teacher Jeri Daniels gave the following tips for trying out First Page Friday at home:

  1. Ask your child what they are reading and what it is about.
  2. Just read! Show your child your “reading life” and read in front of them, whether it is an e-book, a paper book, or an audiobook.
  3. Access the West Des Moines Community Schools Online Library through the AEA. It has more than 1,000 free e-books and audiobooks. Ask your school librarian for the user ID and password to access this free library!