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, Forest Hills Public Schools will be sending out weekly tips and ideas to support our readers over the summer months. They are as follows.
Watch Celebrities Read Children’s Books
Visit Story Online to watch your favorite celebrities as they read aloud. These short videos are sure to entertain young and old alike. Celebrities such as Kevin Costner, Allison Janney, Dule’ Hill, Robert Guillaume, Betty White, Justin Theroux, and Elijah Wood, to name a few, have fun reading children’s books. They have featured videos, new videos, and many children’s classics. You can also find the books online or at your local library too!
Summer List of “Must Reads”
Looking for more book recommendations? The International Literacy Association’s 2018 Choices Reading List is a great place to find new titles that all the kids want to read. They have children’s choices, teachers’ choices, and young adults’ choices. Each year, students and teachers select the best new books that are “must reads.” How many can you read this summer? In addition, this Summer Reading Series from We Need Diverse Books is a great way to expand perspectives and celebrate diversity!
Riding and Reading Tips for Summer Travel
Traveling by car this summer? Check out these “riding and reading” tips to add some fun while you are on the go. According to Reading Rockets, travel is just the thing to get young minds moving. Turn travel time during a family trip into a great bonding and learning adventure with activities that build language for literacy and boost kids’ brain development. Don’t forget to pack your imagination, favorite music CDs, books, stories and more!
Another Favorite Among Readers: eBooks
Explore 4th of July with Books and Have Fun with Poetry Too
With the 4th of July right around the corner, consider exploring books with your child 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. Then after the 4th of July, turn to other things this summer to support reading, learning and exploration. Reading poetry is a great way for kids to have fun and work on fluency (reading with expression, phrasing, and accuracy). Find a collection of Ken Nesbitt’s, former Poet Laureate, poetry here: https://www.poetry4kids.com/.
Local Libraries Support Reading During the Summer
The Kent District Library (KDL) and Grand Rapids Public Library provide a variety of free programs throughout the summer for children, youth, and families. Visit your local library and find out the amazing programs they have to encourage reading. While visiting your local library, consider signing your child up for a library card too! KDL has 20 different locations to visit. GRPL has eight different branches. You can have fun by exploring a different library location during your summer outings. Both KDL and GRPL have summer reading programs where you can log your summer reading time and earn prizes. For more on KDL’s summer programs, click here. For more information on GRPL’s summer reading program called, “Libraries Rock,” click here.
Summer Literacy Challenge
To continue to grow our community of readers in our schools, increase literacy, and just have students find joy in reading, Forest Hills Public Schools will share weekly reading tips. These tips will include helpful resources, community partners, and online links for additional information. Our first helpful link is the summer literacy challenge by Reading Rockets. This challenge states: For most families, it’s a challenge to keep kids reading and writing all summer. Suddenly 10 weeks of summer can feel like a very long time. Reading Rockets posts a literacy challenge for students and adults. It’s modest enough to be manageable–pick just one thing a week to kick start your week’s literary adventures. But it’s also challenging enough to include a wide range of literacy fun for the whole family. Download the summer literacy challenge from Reading Rockets and begin your literacy journey this week!