Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Programs
Posted on 05/19/2019
Summer Reading

Keep your brain whirring through the summer and earn some fun prizes by participating in the following summer reading programs!

How Do I Get My 20 Minutes?

  • Reading during snack time.
  • Keep a few books in the car.
  • Make a set time to read aloud to your child, even if it is for 5 minutes!
  • Add reading into transitions - reading while you clean up lunch or finish getting ready to leave.
  • Read everything! Signs, food boxes, magazines, etc.
  • Keep books by the bed.
  • Have a set time for your child to read quietly to themselves.
  • Play reading games - Hangman, Brain Quest, etc.
  • Read while you wait at a restaurant or doctor's office.
  • Listen to stories online. Try Storyline Online!
  • Read activity books such as cookbooks for kids or Klutz books.

Tips for Preventing the Summer Slide

Studies show that children who do not read or have access to books during the summer lose up to two months of reading performance. Those losses accumulate during the elementary school years so that by the time a child enters middle school, he/she may be two and a half years behind! All children, whether from low, middle, or upper income families, may fall victim to the summer slide if you do not provide them with summer reading opportunities. So how do we prevent the summer slide, or even accelerate reading growth? Here are a few ideas:

  • Visit your local library.
  • Be sure your child reads at least 20 minutes a day.
  • Set a good example. 
  • Read to your child. 
  • Read with your child.
  • Read for different purposes.
  • Play games with words.
  • If you have access to an iPad, there are tons of interactive books and apps that address phonics and early early skills.

Have a happy and healthy summer! Be sure to read, read, and read some more. Not only can we prevent the summer slide, we can accelerate reading growth.

Reading at Home

The purpose of reading at home is to build fluency, comprehension, word-solving, and a love for reading in a supportive, loving environment using text at an independent level.

Some guidelines to follow when supporting and complimenting include:

  • Sit next to your child while he/she reads so you can see the words and illustrations.
  • Expect it to be on the easy side.

Decoding Unknown Words

When helping your child read at home, you may use several strategies to aid in decoding unknown words.

  • Tell the child to look at the picture. You may tell the child the words is something that is in the picture, if that is the case.
  • Tell the child to look for chunks in the word, such as it in sit, at in mat, or and ing in standing.
  • Ask the child to get his/her mouth ready to say the word by shaping the mouth for the beginning letter.
  • Ask the child if the word looks like another word he/she knows. Does bed look like red?
  • Ask the child to go on and read to the end of the sentence. Often by reading the other words in context, the child can figure out the unknown word.
  • If the child says the wrong word while reading ask questions like: Does it make sense? Does it sound right? Does it look right?
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