On November 5, Cobb County School District celebrated Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, which is the nations’ largest read-aloud.
Each year, Jumpstart selects a campaign book that fosters language and social-emotional development, honors the diversity in our world, has a strong narrative, and appeals to young children. That book is read across the country and around the world by adults and young readers on Read for the Record day.
This year’s text was Evelyn Del Rey, Is Moving Away. To build classroom libraries and access to relevant texts, each pre-k and kindergarten teacher received a copy.
CCSD District leaders read virtually in over 20 kindergarten and Pre-K classrooms.
Reading aloud to children promotes language development and social-emotional learning. Maria Tucker, pre-kindergarten teacher at CCSD’s new South Cobb Early Learning Center commented, “Thank you so much for the virtual read aloud! We are firm believers in the power of reading and being read to as a learning tool. “
Jordan Brittain, Eastvalley kindergarten teacher, remarked on her students’ excitement, “During our live read aloud, my students (both face-to-face and virtual) were completely engaged. The students were able to remember the characters’ names. The book, Evelyn Del Rey, Is Moving Away was also a great choice for my class. I asked my students what “numero uno” meant, and they were able to tell me, “Number One!” So, we were able to incorporate some Spanish during the read aloud! It was such a fun experience! Thank you, Cobb ELA, for creating this enriching opportunity!”
The CCSD Early Learning and ELA Departments are committed to supporting teachers and leaders with daily read-alouds to grow strong readers and writers.
Elizabeth Cobia, Supervisor
English Language Arts
Contributing Authors: Marta Anderton & Jen Shiers, English Language Arts