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The Reading Connection ~ June 2018

 

Summer Reading Tips for Parents

Summer shouldn’t mean taking a break from learning, especially reading. Studies show that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read will gain skills. Parents should remember that children need free time in the summer to relax and enjoy the pleasures of childhood. So summer reading should be fun. Following are a few tips to make reading enjoyable for your children this summer:

1. Read aloud together with your child every day. Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.

2. Set a good example! Parents must be willing to model behavior for their children. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.

3. Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it. This is the way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity for thought and insight.

4. Let kids choose what they want to read, and don’t turn your nose up at popular fiction. It will only discourage the reading habit.

5. Buy books on tape, especially for a child with a learning disability. Listen to them in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together.

6. Take your children to the library regularly. Most libraries sponsor summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for preschool and school-age children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading.

7. Subscribe, in your child’s name, to magazines like Sports Illustrated for Kids, Highlights for Children, or National Geographic World. Encourage older children to read the newspaper and current events magazines, to keep up the reading habit over the summer and develop vocabulary. Ask them what they think about what they’ve read, and listen to what they say.

8. Ease disappointment over summer separation from a favorite school friend by encouraging them to become pen pals. Present both children with postcards or envelopes that are already addressed and stamped. If both children have Access to the Internet, email is another option.

9. Make trips a way to encourage reading by reading aloud traffic signs, billboards, notices. Show your children how to read a map, and once you are on the road, let them take turns being the navigator.

10. Encourage children to keep a summer scrapbook. Tape in souvenirs of your family’s summer activities picture postcards, ticket stubs, photos. Have your children write the captions and read them and read them aloud as you look at the book together.

 

Summer Reading Loss

Summer reading loss is real. Did you know that the best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer? And, the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not he or she owns books. Further, summer reading loss or “summer setback” is a bigger problem for children from low-income families.

If your child doesn’t read over the summer, he’ll likely lose skills. Children need to read outside of school. Research clearly shows that the key to fighting summer reading loss is finding novel ways to get books into the hands of children and adolescents during the summer break.

Yes, summer reading loss is real. The good news is that you can prevent summer reading loss. Keep reading. I’ll provide some key things to think about and suggestions for how to motivate and encourage your child to read.

Motivation Matters

* Children don’t just need books…they need the right books.
* Providing children with books that fit — books that match their skill levels and their interests — is an important first step in encouraging voluntary reading. If you don’t already know, find out what types of books – genres, authors, themes, books in a series – your child likes to read.

Holding Their Ground

* Studies suggest that children who read as few as six books over the summer maintain the level of reading skills they achieved during the preceding school year. Reading more books leads to even greater success.
* When children are provided with 10 to 20 self-selected children’s books at the end of the regular school year, as many as 50 percent not only maintain their skills, but actually make reading gains.

*Info above excerpted from http://www.readingrockets.org/article/summer-reading-tips-parents By: Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities

***This summer there will be leveled books available in the Tashua main office for students to borrow throughout the summer. Look for a summer reading e-blast over the next few weeks.

Summer Writing Tips for Parents

As we approach the end of the school year, I would like to encourage your children to carry their learning forward. Often in the break between school years, students encounter learning loss in many areas. Research shows that simply setting aside a few hours a week greatly reduces the loss and helps children maintain much of their learning from the previous school year.
Here are some suggestions to set up your summer to include opportunities for writing.
? Create a toolkit (notebook, pens, sticky notes).
? Design a space (special corner in their room with pillows and a clipboard or a beach towel and water bottle for outdoor writing).
? Write cards, letters, and lists.
? Take field trips (walk the neighborhood, visit the library, local museums, or parks). Reflect on those outings by drawing and/or writing.
? Tell stories to your child and with your child. You can record their stories by writing them down, using a voice recording, or by saving them on SoundCloud.
? As your child tells stories, help structure the stories with a beginning, middle and end format. Telling stories is an important precursor to writing stories. Your interest will encourage your child to add details!
? Does your child thrive on a challenge? Color in the squares of the WRITE BINGO board for additional prompts and writing inspiration. (Younger children might like this version (also found at https://goo.gl/MP7J9K ) and older children could enjoy this one (also found at https://goo.gl/nT3Gvl ).
? Check out Sharing Our Notebooks, a site by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, for many ideas on summer notebook writing.
? Here is a list of books that might encourage all different types of writing this summer.
? Encourage your child to write a review for all the great reading being done this summer! Sites like The Spaghetti Book Club allow students to submit book reviews!
? Get appy! Try some apps that allow your child to draw with his/her finger or a stylus, record audio and draw. Some favorites include Pixie, Explain Everything, and Notability.
? Tell and retell stories of favorite summer moments with your child. Make a scrapbook of special photographs and memorabilia from the summer. Encourage your child to write about favorite moments and add them to the scrapbook.
? Another great resource:
https://twowritingteachers.org/2017/05/05/keep-the-learning-going/

*Some info excerpted from https://twowritingteachers.org/category/keep-learning-going-throughout-the-summer-blog-series/twowritingteachers.org

Mrs. Knapp & Mrs. Kunschaft

June  2018 Tiger Times