THE SUMMER OF "COOL" READING
Dear Parent or Guardian:
We hope that your summer vacation is off to a wonderful beginning! Summer vacation is a time to rest and make memories and it is also a time to dive into some great books and travel to foreign destinations that run wild in the land of your imagination!
You will be receiving a summer mailing with the following enclosures:
1. ALL STUDENTS: A letter with your child’s most recent independent reading level that will assist you in making choices about books your child should be reading. You can also visit the following link to assist you in finding appropriately leveled titles for your child: http://www.the-best-childrens-books.org/guided-reading-levels.html.
2. ALL STUDENTS: Multiple copies of the ice-cream cone template to be filled out for hard copies of books read and returned on the first day of school. Please copy as needed! These cones will be displayed throughout the halls of Ogden for everyone to see how much reading our students did this summer. ICE-CREAM CONE TEMPLATE
3. ONLY FOR PARENTS OF INCOMING SECOND, THIRD, AND FOURTH-GRADE STUDENTS: A letter about Raz Kids and how to access the online eBook library. RAZ KIDS LETTER
Below this letter, you will find more helpful suggestions to get your child motivated this summer to read more. The Website contains videos, book suggestions, research on the importance of summer reading, and helpful Websites. I know your child will most likely get a lot of physical exercise this summer so we want to be sure that their brains get the exercise needed, too.
Each class will be rewarded with an ice-cream sundae party in September to celebrate all the “cool” reading they did this summer!
Please bring all ice-cream cones to school on September 5, 2017. Teachers will be able to access all electronic student reading data instantly.
Wishing you wonderful book adventures this summer!
Fondly,Dr. Anzalone, Principal Mrs. Murray, Assistant Principal"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." (Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities)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:TIPS FOR PARENTS:
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.Articles and research on summer reading and summer loss:Effective Out-of-School Time Reading Programs: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/effective-out-school-time-reading-programsLasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25472456?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contentsSummer Slide and the Importance of Reading over the Summer: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/summerslideResources for you to help you keep your child invested in learning to love to read:Find what works for your child and then go for it!Association for Library Service to Children Summer Reading Lists 2017: 2017 Summer Reading ListMore Websites...Fun Videos to Watch with Your Child: