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READ, READ, READ!!!

It is so important for students to read over the summer to keep their skills sharp! Teachers are sending home a great book or books with your child for summer reading.  Many families own terrific titles and collections for their kids to enjoy too.  As well, please see below regarding a partnership with our Public Library, as the library offers endless possibilities for reading.

Each teacher is sending home a Reading Log to record Summer Reading.  We strongly encourage you to take time to record the titles of books that your child completes over the summer.  Students who return a reading log that indicates their summer reading will be entered to win some Scholastic Book Fair coupons for the upcoming Fall Book Fair.  There will be three $25.00 coupons – one for the current Gr. K's and 1's; one for the current Gr. 2's and 3's, and 1 for the current Gr. 4-6's.  We will accept any log – the one from your teacher, the Public Library one, or a page of recorded readings from home! Just have your child hand their log into their child's new teacher during the first week of school.


Three Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

 

 Many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned, or slip out of practice during the summer holidays. Try these strategies to help your reader improve their reading during the school break:

1. Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer

may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right—not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Participate in a summer reading challenge that motivates kids to read, also check our book lists at scholastic.com.au/summer for recommendations.

2. Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to

read. Find these throughout the day:

Morning: The newspaper—even if it is just the comics or today's weather.

Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your child likes the Food Channel, help them look for a recipe on the network's web site—then cook it together for more reading practice.

Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book they are currently reading (one of the six books, above). Have them rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help them be more fluent—able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.

3. Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who

struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so they will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase their knowledge and expand their experience with text, so that they will do better when they read on their own.

It's hard to keep up a reading routine in a season packed with distractions and diversions. These suggestions will fit into a busy schedule and make reading fun!