Summer Reading Challenge
In order to encourage students to read during the summer vacation they are once again being challenged to read for water balloons! These water balloons will be used next fall during our “Welcome Back Fun Day”. Students are asked to enjoy books from several different genres (book categories base on style) listed on the attached Reading Record Sheet. Student will receive one water balloon for each genre read. Parents are asked to fill in a box on the Reading Record sheet when a book has been finished. Students may earn up to eight water balloons to throw at their teachers and administrators… fun fun fun!
Grade Pre-K-2 are encouraged to read three children’s books from each category OR read one chapter book for each category. (Remember they can also be read to.)
Grade 3-6 are encourage to read at least one chapter book from each genre and also record the length of each book that they complete. Read a Maine Student Book Award book(s) and earn extra water balloons.
Enjoy Reading This Summer,
Easton Elementary Staff
Gr. 4-Gr. 6 Students
HINTS THAT MIGHT HELP:
Between sports, video games, and playing outside, there's lots of competition for kids' time in the summer. Here are some ideas for ways they can still sneak in their reading.
1. Read Over Breakfast
Encourage kids to take five or ten minutes at the beginning of each day to read, before doing anything else. They can even set a timer — chances are they'll want to keep going after it buzzes!
2. Match Books to Activities
Know a child going to soccer camp? Connect him or her with sports stories by authors like Matt Christopher. Have a student who'll be in summer school? The Summer of May by Cecilia Galante is a moving novel about a girl coming to terms with her own summer school experience.
3. Always Carry a Book
Encourage children to always carry a book with them. It sounds simple, but kids may be surprised to discover all the time during the day they have for reading- on the way to camp or town, in a waiting room, or during commercial breaks.
4. Have Family Reading Time
Just as you set aside time for independent reading during the school year, ask families to devote 20 minutes a day to books. Every family member should read during this time, including Mom and Dad.
5. Set Individual Goals
Some kids will have no problem reaching the four-book minimum. Others may need specific strategies, such as one book a month. Meet with kids to determine their plans.
3 Reasons to Try Audio-Books
In addition to reading over the summer, kids should listen to books, too. Here's why, according to the experts at Recorded Books.
1. They develop comprehension.
A child's reading level isn't the same as her comprehension level. In other words, a third grader who is struggling to read Harry Potter may have no trouble understanding the audiobook.
2. They build confidence.
Kids get a real boost when they listen to and understand stories they know are difficult, which can encourage them to take on more challenges when they do pick up a book.
3. They strengthen vocabulary.
By listening to books at a higher reading level, students are exposed to new words and get to hear them pronounced correctly and fluently.