Monday, May 14th, 2012
Summer: Time to Read to Achieve
(http://www NULL.rarbayarea NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/summer-reading NULL.jpg)Summer reading is essential to maintain and expand a child’s literacy skills. Recent studies show that summer reading loss plays one of the most significant roles in the widening achievement gap. If students are encouraged to “relax” all summer and they don’t have access to books, reading levels are negatively impacted.
These studies show that the solution to summer reading loss is to provide children with access to a variety of books and set shared reading times or routines. Below are some great tips on how to make reading an integral part of your child’s summer.
Visit the Library. Engage in storytelling activities and borrow children’s books, music, and books on tape.
- San Francisco Public Library summer reading page: http://ca.evanced.info/sfpl/sr/homepage.asp?ProgramID=12 (http://ca NULL.evanced NULL.info/sfpl/sr/homepage NULL.asp?ProgramID=12).
- Oakland Public Library “Kids’ Word” page: http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/links/kids/index.html (http://www NULL.oaklandlibrary NULL.org/links/kids/index NULL.html).
Read outside. Enjoy a picnic in the park with snacks and games. Afterward, read books together before heading home.
Build vocabulary. Visit festivals, fairs, museums, and parks. Describe what you saw, heard, and felt at the event on the way home.
Create a fun reading journal. Draw a picture together related to the book of the day. If your child is willing, have her/him dictate a brief caption for you to write under each drawing. If your child gets excited about keeping a daily log, keep a running list of all the books she/he read over the summer.
Reader’s theater. Read your child’s favorite book, and the following day act out the story. Invite family members to participate as fellow actors, or use puppets made out of paper bags to illustrate the story.