A Life filled with Literacy

A newsletter for Saint Anne School (May 2017)

by Nicole Hughes (who is thrilled to be the Literacy Coach at SAS)

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Why Summer Reading is important:

School is almost over. I am the first to admit that the thought of forcing (I mean... motivating and gently encouraging) my children to read makes me tired just thinking about it. The research is clear, though: in order to be successful academically, students MUST read over the summer.

  • Children need to engage with books every day so they can maintain, and ideally strengthen, the literacy skills they learned during the previous school year.

  • The stakes for children who do not read over summer vacation are high. Substantial research shows that the two months of loss in reading skills compounds over the years; by the time children reach middle school, those who haven't read during the summers may have lost as much as two years worth of achievement. (<----Yes, you read that right! TWO YEARS)!


  • Let your children choose the books they want to read. Encourage them to choose books that are challenging but that they will ACTUALLY read.

  • Read aloud to your children, even if they are older. It helps build vocabulary and listening comprehension skills.

  • AUDIO BOOKS are perfect for summer! Research proves that listening to an audio book is as beneficial as reading a hard copy. The experience of listening to a well narrated audio book can make even the most reluctant reader excited about a book. Plus, let's be honest-sometimes it is easier to just push play on an audio book for my kids than to always find time to sit and read with them. I cannot recommend audio books highly enough. My favorite places to obtain audio books are Audible and the library Overdrive app. If you have any questions at all about audio books, please ask me! I LOVE audio books and would be happy to recommend some topics for your children (or for adults, too!).

  • In addition to reading books, children can practice their reading skills by engaging in many different online reading experiences. Literacy-building sites such as PBS (http://pbskids.org/games/reading/ ) and Room Recess are just a few examples.

  • Help your children choose a BOOK SERIES at the beginning of the summer. Summer is the perfect time for children to read a book series. When one book ends, they can just pick up the next one and keep reading. Below, I provide some book series ideas!

If you have any questions, please contact me:


Book Series Suggestions

We love literacy at Saint Anne!

* Writing Workshop*

Saint Anne will possibly be hosting a creative writing opportunity this summer. If your child would be interested in attending a creative writing workshop, please email me: nhughes@stanneschoolbristol.org

Summer Reading in the Community

1. Washington County Summer Reading: (May 30-July 8 / All ages / Stories, Crafts, Book Logs, Programs) http://www.wcpl.net/summer-reading-program/

2. Bristol Public Library: (June 5-July 14 / All ages/ Stories, Entertainment, Crafts / Movies, Book Clubs) http://www.bristol-library.org/childrens-department

3. Avoca Branch Summer Reading: (June 2- July 21 / All ages / activities on Tuesday-Fridays) http://www.bristol-library.org/Avoca-Branch-Library

4. Kingsport: (through July 28 / All ages, even adults!) http://www.kingsportlibrary.org/library-info/summer-reading-program/