Summer Reading Reminder

"Fluency Adds Flavor"

Hi Kids,

I hope your summer is going great! Have you been doing lots of fun things? I know I have. I have done lots of fishing, relaxing in the sun, and of course, READING!!! I have read some really good books this summer! Most importantly, I have been focusing on my rate of how I am reading these books. I am trying to make sure that my rate is not too fast (speed reading), not too slow or choppy (robotic reading), but just right. There are some specific things I have been doing to help practice adding the flavor to my reading:

  • Sometimes I have someone model fluent reading for me (first time viewing the book).
  • Sometimes I read aloud and even record myself reading so that I can hear my rate.
  • Sometimes I do repeated readings. I read some books more than once, or the chapter more than once.
  • Sometimes I do paired reading with a parent or sibling. We read the words out loud together.
  • Sometimes I listen and read with RAZ-Kids books.

It’s already July, and my reading log is filling up. I hope your reading log is getting full also. Remember that you can do more than just one log!

I am looking forward to seeing you when school starts back up in August! I sure hope everyone has a full reading log so you have the chance to go fishing with me!

Enjoy the rest of summer vacation and remember to keep on reading!!

Your "flavorful" friend,

Fisherwoman Frieda

Need an Additional Copy of the Summer Reading Log?

Links to Digital Reading Options

Raz-Kids: This is a paid subscription site ( that our school offers to our students through the school year and EVEN SUMMER! The book can be read to the child first, the child can then read along, and then comprehension questions are offered.

Story Online: This is an on-line streaming video program featuring Screen Actors Guild Foundation members reading childrens books aloud! Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas (

We Give Books: We Give Books ( is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them, simply by reading online. To view the books you have to join the site for FREE.

National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine: This is a website that allows your child to view current/past issue of the Young Explorer Magazine ( you click Listen & Read, you can control the flow of how you view the magazine.

TumbleBook Cloud Junior: TumbleBookCloud Junior ( is an online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books! It's designed specifically for kids in grades two to six. Subscriptions include unlimited access, from any device with an internet connection.

Summer Reading News

Fluency Practice: Fry's Words / Phrases

One part of being a fluent reader is the ability to read words with high automaticity. That means that the reader should not take much time to have to decode/figure out the word. This takes lots of practice and repetition of seeing these words. The words in the lists and phrase lists (links below) come from Dr. Edward Fry's Instant Word List (High Frequency Words). According to Fry, the first 300 words in the Fry Word Lists represent about 67% of all the words students encounter in their reading. Some of these words can be decoded phonetically and there are some that are not phonetically logical. Use the words and phrase lists to study. When you click on a link, once the new window loads, select "Present" in the top-right corner. This will then allow you to practice with your child in a flashcard-like manner. These were collected from Mrs. Fullenkamp's site.