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Grade 5 Students Making Good Choices

The Journey Matters

Recently in Mrs. Long’s Grade 5 class, students had several tasks to accomplish before the end of class. Knowing they would finish the tasks with differing amounts of time left, she directed them to “make a good choice” with the remaining time.

Almost every student chose to dive into a book. Reading expert Nancie Atwell notes that “the single most important predictor of academic success is the amount of time children spend reading books.” And Michele Borba, author of UnSelfie, shares that literature enhances readers’ empathy by helping us practice deciphering the emotions of others.

At Gillispie, we strive to ignite our students’ passion for reading so that they reap the academic and social-emotional benefits of spending time with a good book.


About Gillispie School: We are an independent toddler through Grade 6 school in La Jolla, CA. We believe that learning is a journey in which children are active participants. Our students partner with teachers to further their academic, creative, and social growth, and we balance a child-centered approach that does not rush childhood with well-researched academic programs that demand higher-level thinking. Click here to learn more about our school.

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