BAY VILLAGE - All students kindergarten through second grade at Normandy Elementary in Bay Village learn Spanish. But, mastering the English language is the foundation of all learning at this school. One school, one book - where everyone reads the same book -- is just one of a number of literacy programs in place here.
"It’s like a fun program and also to help us learn to read," second grader Max Fischer said.
There is also a reading challenge at Normandy Elementary. Not the number of books, but the number of words each child reads is tracked and added up.
Some students have already reached the half million mark so far this year.
"You add up your words and there's a word wall and once you get more words, you move up to a higher level," second grader Morgan McFarland added.
Reading with Rover is another literacy enrichment program. Some children get to read to a therapy dog. "we currently have 39 students in our school read with the handler and the dog. It helps them the children to develop their oral reading fluency,” teacher Brenda Donohue explained.
First graders work on making their own books and the joke of the day are other ways to advance a child’s language skills.
And, even Earl, the "teacher's pet" likes reading. The duck was hatched in the classroom last year as part of a science lesson on animal development. “Today is the eighth day for our eggs and their life. And, their egg tooth is beginning to form and they are beginning to look more like chicks, first grader Berkley Matthews explained.
Enriched learning, while maximizing each child's academic growth is why these students say "Normandy School is Cool.”