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For more information about Henderson County Schools Reading Programs Contact:
Henderson County Schools Reading Coordinator
Stephanie Smith
National Board Certified Teacher
READ 20 Minutes Everyday!
Reading for 20 minutes a day exposes a person to 1.8 million words a year. Early exposure to language is the greatest factor in language development and listening to other people read aloud is an important part of learning to read. 
Henderson County Public Library
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Babies Need Words

As part of our reading initiative, Henderson County Schools is participating in a campaign developed by the Association of Library Service to Children.  Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play is a public awareness campaign created to help bridge the Thirty Million Word Gap. Research shows by the time children from low-income families reach the age of four, they will have heard 30 million fewer words than their more advantaged peers.  This word gap influences a child’s ability to succeed in school and later in life.  We are hoping with this campaign we can help close that gap so students are more prepared when they start kindergarten.  

We have inviting posters with ideas to build literacy skills to educate and support parents and caregivers.  These posters are designed to help families understand the importance of enriching communication with their babies and young children.  We’re hoping to hang the posters throughout the community in highly visible areas.  We have a book list brochure to help parents choose quality books for reading at home.

Research continues to prove that by investing in high-quality, early-childhood education, communities can, over the long term, reduce crime and improve health and education outcome for their residents.  We are inviting anyone in the community who would like to partner with us to please contact Stephanie Smith at Henderson County School board office.  We will provide the poster and brochures.

With this campaign we can reach families of all backgrounds and offer ideas and support for raising children who are ready for school.



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Prime Time Family Reading

Henderson County Schools will host Prime Time Family Reading Program in the Fall of 2018.

Prime Time Family Reading targets children ages 5 to 10 in a six week series of reading and discussion programs and includes sessions on fairness, greed, courage, cleverness, and determination.

Families with children ages five and older meet with a storyteller and a discussion leader to explore different children’s books, learn good read-aloud and storytelling techniques, and engage in group discussion.  Participants are also introduced to the many resources and services available to them at Henderson County Schools and Henderson County Public Library. Free childcare is available for younger siblings.

“Families are very enthusiastic about the program.  We are pleased with the response to the program and the support of the community organizations and businesses,” Stephanie Smith, HCS District Reading Coordinator adds.

The program will be held at the Henderson County Schools Professional Development Center, which is next to the Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center. Dinner is provided every evening and books and giveaways are provided each week for families.


Visit Kentucky Humanities website for more information. Thank you to the Raymond B. Preston Family Foundation for their support of the program.

Imagination Library
In Henderson County, Kyndle is the primary supporter of the local Imagination Library program, which mails FREE age-appropriate books each month to nearly 900 local children ages newborn through five regardless of their families’ means. More than 800 children have already graduated from the Henderson County Imagination Library program, which was the first in Kentucky. Founded in 1996 by music legend Dolly Parton, the Imagination Library program is now offered in communities across the nation and is a demonstrated success story in improving early childhood literacy, a key determiner of later academic achievement.

To contribute to the Kyndle Education Foundation or the Imagination Library project contact Kyndle at
270-826-7505 or
THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey)*.  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.  
Summer Reading Information
North Middle School - The summer book for grades 6-8th grade is Bystander by James Preller. Copies are for sale at North Middle School for $7.00. There are also copies available at the Henderson County Public Library.

South Middle School - The summer book is Restart by Gordon Korman. SMS has a few books available to purchase for $7. You can also get them from Amazon for around $6 plus shipping.There are also copies available at the Henderson County Public Library. When students return to school in August they will be tested to ensure they read the book.
If students read the book, they will be rewarded with a party on the football field.
Henderson County Schools Staff- The summer book is A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman. Group book discussion will be on July 31st. Click here to sign up for the book group.

Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Research shows reading gaps can increase during summer months because students are not actively engaged in learning opportunities and retaining skills they’ve learned.  The following tips can help avoid the summer backslide.

  • Make weekly trips to the library – This can be a fun adventure for all the whole family. Allow children to pick out books with topics their interested in: sports, cooking, science, social studies, etc.  Help your child chose fiction and nonfiction books for summer reading.  Your child can take Accelerated Reader (AR) tests that the public library! The Henderson County Public Library is offering a variety of family programs this summer. While you’re there, be sure to enroll your child in the summer reading program.  
  • Play school at home – Set aside a few times a week to play school for an hour. You might consider a grade level workbook to brush up on spelling, phonics, grammar, comprehension, and math skills.  You can use flash cards to practice sight words and math facts.  Have your child practice using academic skills during daily activities. For example, make dinner together to practice reading a recipe and use mathematics skills by doubling or halving the recipe.  Have your child keep track of the all the money spent each day.  Ask your child to research a question on the Internet.
  • Set a time limit on screen time – It is beneficial to children when they’re screen time (including: iPad, computer, television) is monitored and limited. Consider researching the websites and apps your child is spending time on.  Help your child chose websites and apps that are conducive to learning activities and not just playing games. 
  • Exercise the body and mind – Children can work their minds by reading and playing school. They also need to exercise their bodies.  Play a game of family kick ball, go swimming, bike riding, enjoy the outdoors and get some fresh air!
  • Journaling – Have your child keep a daily or weekly journal of their summer days and activities. Your child can write about things they liked and disliked.  It is fun to go back and read all the fun things that happened over the summer break. 
  • Science Experiments – Making slime and ooblek are popular at my house! Here’s a link for easy science experiments to do at home. Science
  • DIY Activities – Pinterest offers a wide range of DIY crafts and activities. Have your child pick something out they want to DIY this summer!
  • Family Game Nights – This is a family favorite at our house! Each family member takes turns picking out the game for the family to play.  You can choose card games and board games.  This is a great way for children to practice problem solving skills.
  • Encourage Creative Construction – Legos and Minecraft offer a great way for children to explore their creative side and construct on their own or by following step-by-step directions.
  • Explore Nature – Go on nature walks and hikes. Have your child help plant, tend plants and participate in gardening. 
  • Require 20 minutes of reading every day – Research shows how reading 20 minutes a day can help your child have academic success. Have your child read aloud to you.  Read aloud to your child.  Model individual reading by reading your own book while your child is reading independently.  Summer is a great time for reading for enjoyment.  Allow your children to read whatever peaks their interest.

For more information about avoiding summer backslide check out these links and references: