Frequently Asked Questions
Can my son or daughter participate outside of his/her classroom?
Unfortunately, No. Letter P.A.L.S. is a National School-Based Reading Project limited to school participation. If your son or daughter is in elementary school, you can notify his/her teacher with our Teacher Notification Letter (Also found in the Parent section on the red navigation bar). Your son or daughter’s teacher can register your child’s classroom, and then they can participate. Letter P.A.L.S. is free of charge.
Can my child and I read the daily letters over and over?
Yes! Immediately after a letter is read for the first time, it is sent to a personalized archive file box that is found in each student’s login section. They may access and read the letters as many times as they like during the month it is released. However, the Readers are Winners button, found on the Paws for Reading page, will only inform your child’s teacher when he/she has read the letter for the first time, and he/she can only earn 8 points per letter.
What is the reading level of the Pet Shop Pen Pals letters?
Every letter has been professionally evaluated for both content and reading level by reading specialists. Each letter is slightly different, however, most are written at a second to third grade reading level. Because every child reads differently, even children in the same grade, the Pet Shop Pen Pals letters are intended to be read To, With, or By your child. An easy way for you to determine how you should read the letters together with your child can be found in the Reading Together section on the red navigation site bar.
Are there going to be any more Pet Shop Pen Pals letters made available or other Letter P.A.L.S. programs?
Yes! The Letter P.A.L.S. National Reading Project will be releasing several grade-specific programs in the future. These materials will be designated for specific grades 1st through 6th, depending on reading levels.
What if I have more questions about the program?
We are very interested in serving the public. If you have any additional questions, please contact us by mail, e-mail, or phone. Contact information can be found in the Contact section on the red navigation site bar. The more feedback we get, the better we can accomplish our mission.