Summer Reading Is Important for All Students
Just because the school year is ending, that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Students who don’t continue reading over the summer are likely to lose ground. Our friends at Forest Lake Area Schools (MN) have put together the following article on how to promote your child’s reading ability and prevent the “summer slide”:
Summer is a great time for students to enhance their skills in literacy. Research indicates that students who do not read during the summer actually experience a loss in their reading ability over the three months. The good news is that children who continue to read throughout the summer not only prevent that loss, they actually make gains in their reading ability. Summer shouldn't mean taking a break from learning, especially when it comes to reading. During the summer, parents and guardians can help children sustain (and even bolster) reading skills, strengthen vocabulary and reinforce the benefits of reading for enjoyment.
The following are a few tips to make summer reading enjoyable for your elementary-age children:
Read aloud together with your child every day . Make it fun by reading outdoors -- on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Read to your child and let your child read to you. Take advantage of the rainy days, and snuggle up to read together! Discuss the books with your children!
Set a good example! Keep a variety of reading materials around the house. Turn off the TV and have family reading time (including mom and dad).
Let kids choose what they want to read . On the bottom of this webpage you can find links to lists of suggested titles and authors your child may enjoy. We encourage
parents to be involved in book selection, taking into account that books vary in reading and maturity levels.
Check out books on tapes. Listen to these recordings in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together at home. You might look for stories or podcasts online.
Take your children to the library regularly. Most libraries sponsor summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for pre-school and school-age children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading.
Suggested Book Titles for Elementary Students
The following two links are lists of some suggested books for elementary-age students to read over the summer. These lists were created by the elementary teachers and curriculum coordinators of Forest Lake Area Schools. The last link is a list of websites that parents and children can go to to find even more quality material for summer reading.
Tangent's Core Purpose: To educate and inspire all students to reach their full potential, equipped to be positive, contributing members of society.
As elementary educators we realize our crucial roles in teaching reading, math, and writing. We are dedicated to focusing on academic skills while culturing character education, physical fitness, and an appreciation of the arts.
We also believe that in order to teach character traits, we must model them with children and one another.
About Our School:
Built in 1965, Tangent Elementary School is proudly educating its second and third generation of children. Located on an 8 acre campus amid fertile farm fields, Tangent Elementary serves a large area surrounding the community for which the school is named.