Join us on our summer climb! Here’s what you can do to help support all readers!
Did you know that when kids continue to read over the summer, it has a positive impact on school achievement? In fact, studies show that reading for just two hours each week makes a huge difference. In an effort to beat the “summer slide,” we are sending out weekly tips and ideas to support our readers over the summer months. To receive these weekly tips, you just need to “subscribe” to one of our K-6 building’s emailed news bulletins. Here’s a look at our reading suggestions so far this summer:
- CLIMB PART 9, Aug. 10: Many book authors love to hear from readers … especially authors of children’s books. Try writing to your favorite author and maybe you’ll get a letter back. There are tips online about how children can write a letter to a favorite author, where they’d find a mailing address and much more. Some authors will even write back to children, or even send a flier or promotional item on an upcoming book. You can find tips and additional information on Reading Rockets’ website: www.readingrockets.org/article/how-write-author. #summerclimbfhps
- CLIMB PART 8, Aug. 3: Kids love informational text or nonfiction. They love reading about their favorite sports team, famous people, prehistoric animals, events, traditions and much more. You can find informational text in books and online. You can also find nonfiction text in pamphlets when you’re visiting and exploring zoos, museums, national parks, and historic places. One place you may have forgotten, is there’s a whole world of nonfiction magazines for kids! Many adults remember magazines such as “Ranger Rick,” “Jack and Jill,” “Weekly Reader,” and “National Geographic Kids.” But now you can even find nonfiction text in magazines called “Time for Kids,” “Sports Illustrated Kids,” “Chop Chop,” and the list goes on. On the website Parent’s Choice Award Winners: Magazine, you can see a list of top magazines for children to explore. Better yet, you don’t need a subscription to read these magazines! Children can explore nonfiction magazines at their local library. To get started on nonfiction and informational text, head to www.kids.nationalgeographic.com. Here you can find lots of great information on animals, play educational games, and even earn badges! #summerclimbfhps
CLIMB PART 7, July 27: Another way to encourage reading is to have children write a book review! The Spaghetti Book Club website, www.spaghettibookclub.org, is a place for kids who love to read and talk about books. It is the largest site of book reviews written and illustrated by kids for kids. The Spaghetti Book Club was created as a way to support and encourage kids’ love for reading by giving them an opportunity to connect, on a personal level, with the books they are reading and then share their reactions, thoughts, and opinions with family members, friends, and kids around the world. Read what other kids have to say about a book, or get started and learn how to submit a review. If you don’t want to go online, have your child start a notebook where they review the books they have read, and they can share the notebook with others. Writing about a book helps build understanding and literacy skills.
CLIMB PART 6, July 20: There are many ways adults can help nurture a young reader. Scholastic Inc. has created a handy family reference guide on 10 ways to nurture a super reader. They include:
- Value a child and his/her stories.
- Invite your child into a safe and supportive reading environment.
- Dedicate daily time for your child to read for pleasure.
- Read aloud, read aloud, read aloud.
- Honor your child’s own varied reading choices.
- Provide daily access to books and stories in all forms, genres, and platforms.
- Champion rereading.
- Help your child see authors as real people.
- Value your child’s talk and exchange of ideas.
- Be a reading role model.
To dive deeper into their 10 tips, click here for the guide found online.
- CLIMB PART 5, July 13: Reading aloud with children of all ages is important. Not only is it important for children to hear adults read, but children need to read to someone too! Parents, grandparents, family members, siblings, and a babysitter all make great reading partners. Conversations about books are important too. When kids have a chance to talk about a book with someone, it helps them build meaning. Here is a handy bookmark with conversation starters. The bookmark includes some questions adults can ask a child about their reading. Choose a few each night to engage in conversation with your child about their nightly independent reading. Strike up a conversation with your reader and see where it goes. Pick up a book today and get reading! #summerclimbfhps
- CLIMB PART 4, July 6: Access to books online is easy with these links. The Michigan eLibrary has ebooks and activities for your reader. Click here to find out more about MeL and how students of all ages can access ebooks and activities. Through the FHPS online media center, there are links to resources such as MeL Kids, BookFLIX (where kids can read along with stories, or hear the story and see the animated pictures), and Encyclopaedia Britannica (where kids can search and read about a world of topics). Also online, families can listen to Robert Munsch, an author of children’s books and story teller extraordinaire, as he reads some of his popular books in a fun way. Happy reading! #summerclimbfhps
- CLIMB PART 3, June 29: With the 4th of July right around the corner, consider exploring books with your student(s) about the history of Independence Day, or fireworks, or read about parades, float building, the origins of our flag, and much more. If your family is doing something over the 4th of July to celebrate, then read about it too! Many books can be found online and in your local library to help learn about our country’s independence and the importance of 4th of July. You can also find many craft ideas too to help celebrate the 4th at your library and online. Here’s a helpful link to July fireworks celebrations across West Michigan. If you’re looking for additional book ideas, arts and crafts, and games to help children learn about the 4th, then consider searching on Pinterest. Then after the 4th of July, turn to other things this summer to support reading, learning and exploration. Check out the Michigan activity pass information to help plan some educational adventures to museums, zoos, and other places of interest. #summerclimbfhps
- CLIMB PART 2, June 22: Free local reading programs! The Kent District Library (KDL) has some wonderful programs for children this summer. Consider signing your child up for a library card too! Please visit your local library or go to www.kdl.org/summer-reading to find out more about their great programs. KDL also has several computers that families can use to access online resources. Take a trip to the library and explore! And speaking of free programs … Barnes & Noble has a free summer reading program for kids in grades 1-6. With this program, no purchases are necessary and kids earn a free book when they read eight books. Find out more about the Barnes & Noble program by clicking here.
- CLIMB PART 1, June 15: Take this fun summer reading challenge! Listed here are ideas to spark literacy fun for the whole family, (created by Reading Rockets).