Monday, May 19, 2014

Summer Reading

With summer break less than two days away, it's time to think about how to support your child's independent reading through the sunny weeks ahead. 
During the past school year, I've encouraged independent reading to build your child's comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and enjoyment for reading. And, you've likely done the same thing at home. 
Summer reading loss or the "summer slide" occurs when a child does not read over the summer. They lose skills. Research clearly proves that the key to fight summer reading loss is to keep students reading during summer break. You may read more by clicking here.
Room 100 is gearing up for summer reading with some novel ideas. 
Book Swap
1.  Book Swap. 
We organized a Book Swap in our classroom! Students were allowed to trade gently used books for an even number of "new" choices. The Book Swap allowed students to share books a friend might enjoy. To pump up the kids about the Book Swap, we decorated book bags to carry the new books home. Bookworm treats turned our swap into a “sweet deal.”
Please check the back of the treat label for local book clubs your child may join this summer. These clubs offer incentives to encourage children to read.
Other ideas to encourage summer reading - - 
2.  Norfolk Public Library’s Summer Reading Program
Register for the program, Fizz, Boom, Read. Students receive a reading record to keep track of time spent reading. Once a child logs in 25 hours, the reading record is exchanged for amazing rewards! Norfolk Public Library is located at 308 Prospect Avenue. 

3.  Scholastic’s Online Summer Reading Challenge
A FREE online reading program that allows kids to log the minutes they spend reading this summer. Students can participate in weekly challenges, earn digital rewards, enter sweepstakes, find great books to read, and more! 

4 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program 
B & N has a summer reading program that provides incentives for your child to earn a free book. The site features book selections sorted by grade level which is always helpful.

5.  Explore online reading.
 "StorylineOnline is a free site featuring actors who creatively read books aloud. Actors of all ages engage children by telling them why they like to read or chose a specific book to share. This high-quality website features well-known and contemporary books that includes professional voice narration and original background music to accompany the read aloud.

*Remember - The pink  font is a link and will take you right to these book sites.
Thanks, parents, for encouraging your child to read this summer! It does make a difference. 

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