Growing Readers

Tips to help your child grow as a reader

Summer Reading Bingo

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We all know how beneficial it is for students to continue to read over the summer vacation. I encourage your child to participate in my 2016 Summer Reading Bingo Game!

-Optional Participation

-Child completes the activity in a square

-Parent initials square upon completion

-Goal is to complete 5 activities in a row

-Child can choose to read several books to complete 2 or 3 rows

Please have your child return his/her completes Bingo board to me in September. He/She will receive a prize for reaching the goal. Students who complete more than one row will receive a completion prize, plus tickets to be entered in a drawing for additional prizes

Print a copy of the Bingo board from this link:

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Ideas to Prevent the Summer Slide

Here are a few ideas to prevent the summer slide:

1. Visit your local library! Help your child find “right fit” books. Right fit books are books that are of high interest to your child and are not beyond their reading level. You can use the five finger test to determine if the book is too difficult for your child. Open the book to a page with many words. Have your child begin reading the text. Hold up a finger for each word he/she does not know. If you have 4 or 5 fingers up, the text may be too difficult for your child to read independently. Feel free to still check out the book! It just may be a book you want to read with your child.

2.Be sure your child reads at least 20 minutes a day. According to research, a child who reads only 1 minute a day outside of school will learn 8,000 words by the end of sixth grade where a student who reads 20 minutes outside of school will learn 1,800,000 words! That’s huge! If reading isn’t one of your child’s top priorities, you may need to set up an incentive program.

3.Set a good example. When your child sees you reading and enjoying a book or a newspaper article, you are sending a message that reading is important and valuable. Read to your child. When you read to your child, he/she hears the rhythm of language. Be sure to read with expression! Changing your voice for different characters and increasing your volume during exciting parts are only a few ways to keep children engaged.

4. Read with your child –explore different types of reading such as poetry. For our little ones, poetry is a great way to improve phonemic awareness skills as poetry often incorporates rhyme. For our older children, poetry is a means of improving fluency. Read for different purposes. Reading directions for a recipe or directions for assembling a toy are fun ways of incorporating reading into everyday activities.

5.Play games with words. Commercial games such as Apples to Apples improves vocabulary. You can easily turn a game of hopscotch or 4 square into a game that incorporates learning letters or sight words.

6.If you have access to an iPad, there are tons of interactive books and apps that address phonics and early reading skills. There are also many websites that offer free reading related games. Have a happy and healthy summer! Be sure to read, read and read some more!

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No Screen Time Until...

When you limit screen time, you give your child the gift of more time to read, engage in active play, and be a healthier child. But how do we limit it? Here are some clever ways to encourage your child to engage in other activities throughout the day.
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