Ten Mile Creek Elementary Library

Ten Mile Creek Elementary Library

LINK to Mrs. Britt's libary page 
*Lots of resources, news, and more about books!

Reading Levels: AR BOOK FIND

Tumble Books: Visit the Tumblebooks (see the TumbleBooks button at the Bellingham Library site).

Students will visit the Library once a week for Library Instruction, story and book selection. Each student may check out 3 books, 2 books with AR tests at their reading level and 1 free choice book. We encourage students to leave one of their AR books in their desk for SSR (sustained silent reading) times.


Students visit the library a second time each week for the STAR (Student Tracking Accelerated Reader) Program. They bring one of their AR books and fill in graphs on recent AR test scores, take AR tests, reading timings and SSR.

7 Habits of a Good Reader

  1. Preview
  2. Visualize
  3. Ask questions
  4. Predict
  5. Infer
  6. Make connections
  7. Summarize

Important reasons to encourage your child to read:


Be a role model
Let your child see you read.
Encourage your child to read on her own at home
Reading at home can help your child do better in school.


Keep a variety of reading materials in the house
Make sure to have reading materials for enjoyment as well as for reference.


Encourage your child to practice reading aloud
Frequently listen to your child read out loud and praise her often as she does so. Offer to read every other page or even every other chapter to your child. Have conversations and discussions about the book with your child.

Write short notes for your child to read
Write down his weekly household responsibilities for him to keep track of or put a note in his lunch bag.

Encourage activities that require reading
Cooking (reading a recipe), constructing a kite (reading directions), or identifying a bird's nest or a shell at the beach (reading a reference book) are some examples.

Establish a reading time, even if it's only 10 minutes each day
Make sure there is a good reading light in your child's room and stock her bookshelves with books and magazines that are easy to both read and reach.

Talk with your child
Talking makes children think about their experiences more and helps them expand their vocabularies. Ask your child to give detailed descriptions of events and to tell complete stories.

Give your child writing materials
Reading and writing go hand in hand. Children want to learn to write and to practice writing. If you make pencils, crayons, and paper available at all times, your child will be more inclined to initiate writing activities on his own.

Restrict television time
The less time your child spends watching television, the more time he will have for reading-related activities.

Work in partnership with your child's school
The more you know about the type of reading program his school follows, the more you can help by supplementing the program at home. Offer to volunteer in the classroom or school library as often as your schedule allows. Ask the school for parent participation materials.