Summer Learning

  • Summer is as important a time for learning with our children as the months they are in school.  Parents can help their children by providing simple learning activities at home and exposure to a variety of new experiences.  There are many programs and activities in and around our community to give our children access to summer learning. Some links appear below:
     
     
     
     
     

Tips for Preventing the Summer Slide

  • Visit Your Local Library!

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    Help your child find “right fit books.  Right fit books are books that are of high interest to your child and are not beyond their reading level.  You can use the five finger test to determine if the book is too difficult for your child.  Open the book to a page with many words.  Have your child begin reading the text.  Hold up a finger for each word he/she does not know.  If you have 4 or 5 fingers up, the text may be too difficult for your child to read independently.  Feel free to still check out the book!  It just may be a book you want to read with your child.

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  • Be sure your child reads at least 20 minutes a day.

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    According to research, a child who reads only 1 minute a day outside of school will learn 8,000 words by the end of sixth grade where a student who reads 20 minutes outside of school will learn 1,800,000 words!  That’s huge!  If reading isn’t one of your child’s top priorities, you may need to set up an incentive program.

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  • Set a good example.

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    When your child sees you reading and enjoying a book or a newspaper article, you are sending a message that reading is important and valuable.

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  • Read to your child.

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    When you read to your child, he/she hears the rhythm of language.  Be sure to read with expression!  Changing your voice for the different characters in the story and increasing volume for exciting parts are only a few ways to make reading interesting.

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  • Read with your child –explore different types of reading like poetry.

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    For our little ones, poetry is great way to improve phonemic awareness skills as poetry often incorporates rhyme.  For our older children, poetry is a means of improving fluency.

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  • Read for different purposes.

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    Reading directions for a recipe or directions for assembling a toy are fun ways to incorporating reading.

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  • Games with Words.

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    There are tons of ways to have fun learning letters and sight words.  Check out these 8 Super Summer Sight Word Activities for a few ideas.

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  • If you have an iPad, try downloading a few interactive books.

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    There are also lots of reading games that keep children engaged.

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