Summer Solutions Why is reading to or with your child so important? The Summer Slide! • According to the authors of a November 2002 report from Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning: “A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year.” 11/13/2015 2 Three Ways to Prevent Summer Slide • Six books to summer success • Read something every day • Keep reading aloud 11/13/2015 3 Public libraries • More than 95 percent of public libraries offer summer reading programs • Libraries are ideal places for families to continue their reading habits over the summer months • Library summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library, and develop the habit of reading 11/13/2015 4 The Public Library It’s going to be a WILD summer! 11/13/2015 5 What’s out there to help? • Summer reading lists • Summer reading programs • Book Stores • Online incentive programs • Web sites and e-books • Web sites for parents 11/13/2015 6 Summer reading lists • Distributed at school • Available at the Public Library • Available tonight! • Available on the WHRSD website 11/13/2015 7 Summer Reading Programs • Wild Reads at Your Library: Whitman Public Library and Hanson Public Library • MTA: Reading Matters: Red Sox “All Star Reader” 11/13/2015 8 Book Stores • • • • • • • • Barnes and Noble: Summer Reading Club Borders Buttonwood Books: Story Hour Storybook Cove: Story Hour Braintree Used Books Building 19 Ocean State Job Lot Target 11/13/2015 9 On-Line Incentive Programs • Scholastic: Summer Reading Buzz • ALA: Step up to the Plate @ Your Library • Book Adventure (free program by Sylvan Learning) • Target: Ready. Sit. Read! 11/13/2015 10 Summer Reading Buzz Scholastic Summer Reading Buzz: Feed the Meter! 11/13/2015 11 ALA: Step up to the Plate Win a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame! 11/13/2015 12 Book Adventure Sylvan Learning: Book Adventure 11/13/2015 13 Target: Ready. Sit. Read! Ready. Sit. Read! Provides the resources, tips, and activities to encourage a love of reading and reinforce the importance of reading as a foundation of lifelong learning. 11/13/2015 14 Web-Sites and E-Books • Tumble Books • Storyline Online • Starfall 11/13/2015 15 Tumblebooks Available through the Hanson Public Library TumbleBooks Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love! 11/13/2015 16 Storyline Online Storyline Online is an innovative website featuring well-known actors reading quality children's picture books aloud. 11/13/2015 17 Starfall Starfall is a free website to help enhance reading skills. Perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Contains exciting interactive books and phonics games. 11/13/2015 18 Web-Sites for Parents The following offer great tips and resources for parents and families: • Reading is Fundamental • Reading Rockets • ALA (American Library Association) 11/13/2015 19 What do I do with all this? • Read with your child everyday! • Ask questions about what they are reading (see handout). Some examples: What was your favorite part? Who was your favorite character? Did you like the book? 11/13/2015 20 Five Big Ideas in Reading • • • • • Phonemic Awareness Phonics Vocabulary Fluency Comprehension You have a handout explaining these areas and why they are important. 11/13/2015 21 Keep Reading this Summer! • 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. • 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. • Read the same book your child is reading & discuss it. This is the way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity for thought and insight 11/13/2015 22 Keep Reading Cont. • 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. • 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. • 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. • Encourage children to keep a summer scrapbook. 11/13/2015 23 Summer Reading and Fluency: Tips for Parents You've got the reading lists. You've got the books. But what else can you do to make your children better readers this summer? • You can help them read more smoothly and accurately. Schools call this reading fluency. Your kids will call it fun! • When kids can read fluently, it's easier for them to understand what they're reading. And they read aloud easily and with expression. Needless to say, this makes reading a lot more enjoyable. 11/13/2015 24 Summer Reading & Fluency Cont. • Less fluent readers read more slowly and word by word. Their attention is focused on sounding out each word; so, they pay less attention to understanding what they've read. Their comprehension and their motivation can suffer. Of course, beginning readers aren't fluent yet, but by the end of first grade, kids should be reading books at their grade level with ease and expression. • The summer months provide a great opportunity for you to help your child continue to develop reading fluency. 11/13/2015 25 How Parents can Help Build Fluency: • Choose the right books – Help your child choose books that he can comfortably read. The "five-finger test" is a useful guideline for beginning readers. As your child reads, count the number of words he cannot read per page. In general, there should be five words or fewer that give him trouble on each page. If a book contains several pages on which you count more than five words that he can't read, consider reading that book to your child until he develops more reading skill. Listen every day – Once you've found a collection of books that your child can read, listen to your child read every day. Be patient – new readers often read slowly! Offer wait time to allow your child to “noodle” the word when he or she gets stuck. If your child needs help after that, feel free to provide it. ALWAYS give lots of praise and encouragement! 11/13/2015 26 How Parents can Help Build Fluency: • Reread – Encourage your child to reread favorite books, and make it fun! Repeated readings improve children's fluency and comprehension. They also provide opportunities to practice reading with expression. • Read to your kids every day – Model your own fluent reading as you read and reread books with your child. Even though your child may be able to read on her own, continue to find time each day to read books to her that are just beyond her reading level. She will enjoy listening to more advanced stories, and she will hear a great example of fluent reading. 11/13/2015 27 Vacation and Travel! • Summer reading doesn’t have to stop while you are on the road! • Audio books in the car (Tip: have a selection so no one gets burned out from repetition) • Undertake pre-trip reading about the destination. This helps build background knowledge and excitement • Encourage your child to keep a journal or create a scrapbook of his/her vacation. • Build in time for relaxed reading on vacation 11/13/2015 28 Motivating reluctant summer readers • Really probe and “tune-in” to determine children’s interests • Try graphic novels • Help create the child’s self-image of himself as a reader • Model reading behavior – make reading a part of everyday life • Surround kids with resources – reading material and other resources – to keep them inspired 11/13/2015 29 How can I get my child excited about summer reading before school ends? • Plug in to their interests • Plug in to fun (e.g., humorous books like Captain Underpants) 11/13/2015 30 Remember- reading isn’t just books! What other media besides books is effective? Print, text, and words in all forms and fashions are excellent: • Games • Audio books • Newspapers • Magazines • Books • Labels / Signs / Logos • Online resources 11/13/2015 31 11/13/2015 32 Thank you for coming tonight! Have a great summer!