Summer Reading, Learning and Fun
For Medfield K-8 Students
Summer is almost here! It's a time to have fun, see friends and family, play sports, go to camp and maybe even slow down. It's also an important time to keep on reading and learning too. Below you will find a few ideas and resources for making reading and learning fun ;-)
Did you know?
Kids who read during the summer skip the "Summer Slide" altogether. Research shows that students who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who don't often slide backwards and lose the leaps they've made during the school year. Help your child be prepared for the next school year by encouraging them to read and participate in some of these learning opportunities listed below.
Medfield Public Library Summer Reading Program
Visit the library this summer to learn something new, create cool stuff, win prizes, and have fun! Medfield's Summer Reading Program is free and open to all ages! Check it out!
Scholastic Summer Reading Program
Keep students reading and learning all summer long! The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge was developed to motivate students to read as much as possible during June, July and August in an effort to set a reading world record for the summer of 2015. This year's theme is Power up and Read.
A Few Great Book Suggestions
The following list, created by The Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC), is full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Three summer reading lists are available for K-2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th-8th grade students. To print out any of these lists click here.
Here are a few ideas and activites for you and your families:
- Create a Family BookClub! Click here for some helpful tips
- Check out the Memorial School Student Symbaloo where you'll find age appropriate and fun websites for young children. There are even sites with free ebooks such as: Toon Book Reader, We Give Books and Epic! (which was a 2105 Parents' Choice Award Winner)
- Keep your kids WONDERing and learning over the summer with the free virtual Camp Wonderopolis where you and your family can explore together
- Camp GoNoodle is a free, summer program that helps kids stay active, use their imaginations, and explore their world. Our students LOVE this website!
- Coloring pages are a fun way for kids to develop creativity, focus, motor skills and more. Here are a bunch you can print out
A few things to think about...
- How to Raise a Reader: 10 tips for getting your kids hooked on books--ebooks or the paper kind, from Commonsense Media
- An interesting article from the Huffington Post: How Much "Screen Time" Is Too Much? Why That's The Wrong Question
- Tips from parents at Google - some good advice here
Read anywhere, anytime, anyplace - in the car, in the backyard, at the beach, while waiting for appointments, in the morning, in the afternoon, at night and in between!
Happy Summer, Happy Reading!