Are You Ready for Summer?
Tips for summer reading to keep your student on track!
Read, Read, Read!!
Tips for Summer Reading
- Your child should read every day for at least 20 min. See graphic above highlighting the research behind it's importance.
- Visit the library often! Help your child find the right fit. These include books that they are highly interested in but are not above their reading level.
- Read with your child. Listen to them read aloud and discuss the story with them. Highlight and discuss things like character traits, setting, problems and solutions.
- Read to your child. This is a great opportunity to read books that they would enjoy but may not be able to read on their own. Have conversations about what you read!
- Read for a variety of purposes. Reading directions to complete a craft or set up a game or reading a recipe to make a new treat, are easy ways to offer a variety of opportunities.
- Play games that reinforce vocabulary. Apples to Apples and Headbands are two great examples.
- Encourage writing. Having your child keep a summer diary is a wonderful way for them to write a little every day.
- Set a good example! Carve out time in your day to read. Making it a priority sends the perfect message to your child!
- Kids love technology! If you have access to a computer or an I-pad, introduce them to educational websites that they can spend time on. A list of recommended sites is below.
- Get involved in at least one community reading program. I have provided a few suggestions below.
Online Activities and Interactive Educational Websites
Discovery Kids: http://discoverykids.com/. Is your child interested in things like space, history, pets or sharks? They can play games and watch videos on these topics and more!
Time For Kids: http://www.timeforkids.com/. This is an online magazine written specifically for kids, exploring news related topics from all around the world.
PBS Kids Lab: http://pbskids.org/lab. This online resource offers a variety of learning opportunities from educational games to activities and apps for kids pre-k through grade 3.
Scholastic http://www.scholastic.com/home/ and
Reading Rockets: http://www.readingrockets.org/. These are both wonderful reading websites to help connect your child with books they will love and there are many resources for parents as well.
Community Summer Reading Programs - Get Involved!
Sky Zone Tramploline Park- Our school has partnered with Sky Zone in Timonium. Your child will receive a Sky Zone bookmark. They just need to read 5 books and bring the completed bookmark in for a FREE 30 minute jump. It's that easy!
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Triatholon: Barnes and Noble offers a great way to earn free books simply by reading books. Information can be found on the website at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/summer-reading/_/N-rs9.