Castle Downs Family YMCA

Grades 4–6

The Book Club program is designed to engage children in the world of literature by offering an eight week program that guides children step-by-step though the exciting world of chapter books and encourages a love of reading and books.  Designed as a follow-up to the Project L.E.A.P. program (although Project L.E.A.P. is not a prerequisite), Book Club aims to provide additional literacy support to aid children in grades 4, 5 and 6 to stay on track developmentally and grow as readers and learners.  The goal of the program is to increase children’s motivation and attitude towards reading while developing their literacy skills in fluency and comprehension.  While reading and engaging in program activities, children will learn about:

  • Discovering the theme
  • Summarizing the plot
  • Determining the main ideas & important details
  • Developing a deeper understanding of literacy
  • Writing with clarity & purpose
  • Presenting to a group

Popular and appropriate reading level novels are carefully selected for each Book Club session to ensure children are engrossed in the reading journey.   The first 30 minutes of each class is spent on having children read in large group, small group or independent settings.  Reading is then followed by focused time to ensure that children understand what they have just read by reviewing vocabulary and story plot points through the use of worksheets, puzzles and games.  The remaining 30 minutes of the class is devoted to having children work on their individual book related project.  Children are encouraged to be creative and have access to a variety of art and craft mediums in order to complete their project.

At the conclusion of the program, children will have completed a novel and prepared a book talk presentation that will be shared with parents on the final day of the program.  Children will leave the program with a portfolio of the activities they completed and a certificate.

Class sizes are kept small so that the Program Instructor can provide both group and individual support as necessary.  The Program Instructor also provides continuous encouragement and constructive feedback to children regarding their work and progress during the eight week period. 

Book Club typically operates one and a half hours per week for an eight week session during out of school-time hours.

For more information, please contact:

Amy Wilkinson
Program Instructor | Bill Rees Community Initiatives

Castle Downs Family YMCA

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Edmonton, AB T5X 6A3
Phone: 780-476-9622
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