Enjoy Your Summer!!

Stop the Summer Slide and Brain Drain

The school year is almost complete and summer is just around the corner. Your students won’t have to see the inside of a classroom for a couple of months. Unfortunately, 8 weeks without practice is a long time, especially for struggling readers. Often students forget some of what they’ve learned over the past school year during the summer months.

Here are some ideas to help students avoid the summer brain drain and make warm weather reading easy and a lot of fun!

  • Explore your local library. Find out when it is open and how to get a library card. Many libraries even have free summer programs and offer online books. The American Library Association has great tips to make the most of your student’s trip to the library.
  • Encourage your student to read at least four to six books over the summer break. Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. Make sure the material is age appropriate and match the child’s interest and abilities.  Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what’s available in your area.
  • Read daily. Encourage your child to read something every day. Parents can help identify opportunities such as the newspaper, a magazine, TV guide, recipes, arts and crafts book, read to a sibling or friend, share a comic strip, while out in the car select a billboard or ad, even a license plate. You don’t have to search far. The opportunities to read are endless.
  • Read to your student. Reading aloud benefits all students, especially those who need help improving their reading skills. Listening will help a child build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will knowledge and expand their experience with text. This will help them when reading alone.
  • Make it fun. Encourage parents, of students ages 5-12, to get involved in the The Scholastic Summer Challenge. It’s a free global reading program aimed at encouraging students to read throughout the summer months. Kids read books, log their minutes, and earn virtual rewards all summer Active Bodies, Active Minds.

Here are a few more suggestions to get started: Try these great websites for kids

Elementary School: Grades K-5

These sites are robust enough to be used across the grade levels. Of course younger students will need some help navigating and reading instructions.

  • Game Goo– An interactive set of games designed to build upon each other. Start at the bottom for younger students and move up through the games.
  • FunBrain.com– FunBrain offers something for every student. Educational games have different levels so the practice can be customized. The site has areas dedicated to math and reading.
  • Smithsonian Institute for Kids– Take a closer look at these engaging online exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution covering art, science & nature, history & culture and people & places.
  • Houghton-Mifflin Math– A fun place to play games to strengthen your math skills. Arranged by grade level.

Lower Elementary: Grades K-2

  • Fishing with Phonics– Help Garfield catch the most fish, and in the process practice your beginning and ending sounds.
  • PBSKids.org– Be sure to check out all your favorite PBSKids shows like Word Girl, Between the Lions, Super Why, Sid the Science Guy, Maya and Miguel and more. Many activities don’t require reading abilities, but some do.
  • PictureMatch– Sort the pictures into the correct box based on the beginning-letter sounds, short-vowel sounds or long-vowel sounds.
  • StarFall Phonics– Perfect for pre-readers and beginning readers, this site takes a systematic phonics approach and combines it with phonemic awareness practice.
  • Up to Ten– Fun site for kids “up to 10.” Solve jigsaw puzzles, color online, improve your coordination and more.

Upper Elementary: Grades 3-5

  • America’s Story– Presented by the Library of Congress, students will get caught up in the interactivity of the site as they Meet Amazing Americans, Jump Back in Time, Explore the States, Join America at Play and See, Hear and Sing. Check it out.
  • FactMonster– Discover this well-organized, kid-friendly resource for fun facts and outstanding games and quizzes.
  • KidsReads– Looking for a few good books this summer? Check out this site with reviews and recommendations as well as sections devoted to popular book series.
  • MathPlayground– Created by a math teacher, this site offers games that require specific and complex skills, logic puzzles and an amazing supply of word problems. The games use manipulatives to help make even the most abstract math concepts clear.
  • PBSKids Go!– While it shares some content from the PBSKids site geared toward younger elementary students, this site has a look and feel to engage the over 8 crowd. In addition to PBS character sections (Maya and Miguel, Word Girl) there are terrific sections dedicated to the American Experience: Wayback, Democracy Project, History Detectives and more.
  • National Park Service Web Rangers– Complete more than 4 dozen activities—puzzles, mysteries, quizzes, etc.—to earn your “WebRanger” status. The activities vary in difficulty level and topic (parks, animals, nature, people, history, science and puzzles).

Middle School: Grades 6-8

  • CoolMath.com– Don’t lose those hard-earned math skills this summer. Check out Cool Math to practice pre-algebra and algebra.
  • MathPlayground– Created by a math teacher this site offers games that require specific and complex skills, logic puzzles and an amazing supply of word problems. The games use manipulatives to help make even the most abstract math concepts clear. Tops include fractions, multiplication, percentages and more.
  • National Park Service Web Rangers– Complete more than 4 dozen activities—puzzles, mysteries, quizzes, etc.—to earn your “WebRanger” status. The activities vary in difficulty level and topic (parks, animals, nature, people, history, science and puzzles).
  • Smithsonian Institute for Kids– Take a closer look at these engaging online exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution covering art, science & nature, history & culture and people & places.
  • TeenReads– The summer is a great time to read what YOU want. Check out this site for hundreds of book reviews, information on the most popular series, lists of the best graphic novels and the Ultimate Reading List. Everyone can find a good book on this site.

 

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Stop the Summer Slide and Brain Drain

Dear Parents,

As we near the end of the school year I want to take a minute to say how proud I am of your child! I have seen much growth during this year. The time that your child has spent in the Title I reading lab has been valuable, as it has given him/her the opportunity to practice reading strategies that have been taught throughout the year.

I can say without hesitation that the best way to become a better reader is to spend time reading. Because I know this fact to be true, I want to encourage your child to continue the excellent habit of spending time reading each day while still enjoying the summer. As you can see from the data below, spending just 20 minutes of reading time each day will make a dramatic difference in your child’s success in the upcoming school year.

To help encourage your child, I have sent home a summer reading log and contract. Have your child fill out and sign the contract. Use the log to hold your child accountable for reading each day. You may also like to show the log to your child’s new teacher at the beginning of the upcoming school year.

Thank you for joining me in encouraging your child to discover the value and enjoyment in reading! Have a relaxing, safe and fun-filled summer!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Harrell

My Summer Reading Agreement

I, ______________________________ promise to read __________ minutes each

                                       (my name)

 

day this summer. I understand how important it is for me to spend time reading each day.

 

These are the places I will spend most of my time reading:

 

1._______________________________________________

2._______________________________________________

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  2. _______________________________________________

These are the books I really want to read this summer:

 

  1. ____________________________________________________

 

  1. ____________________________________________________

 

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These are the places I will go to get books:

  1. ___________________________________

2.____________________________________

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  2. ____________________________________

 

_________________________________________             __________________

                                                       (Signature)                                                                                     (Date)

 

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Summer Reading Log

My Summer Reading Log

Name: ___________________________________________________________________

 

Directions: Keep track of all the books you have read this summer and bring it to your new teacher next school year!

 

Date Title Author Number of minutes read
6/30/15 I Love You Too! Eve Bunting 20

 

 

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For the Love of Books

 

We will have our Family Reading Night and PTA Reading Fair on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm. There will be Reading Fair Awards, Suffolk Public Library, Gift Card Raffle and Family Reading Time with AR Testing.  Come out and enjoy the fun!

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REMINDER: Title I Open House

Open house will be held in the Title I classroom on Tuesday, January 20th starting at 1:30 PM and end at 4:00 PM. Please come in and visit my classroom and hear all about our school day.  I will be sharing information on our daily schedule and ideas for parents. I will have resources for you to take home.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Harrell at 923-4167.

 

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Title I Open House

“Open House in the Title I Reading Room”

I will be having an “Open House” in the Title I reading room at Nansemond Parkway Elementary School. It will be held on January 20, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Parents will have the opportunity to stop by the Title I reading room to ask questions and check out materials that are available for parents to use at home. For more information, contact Florence Harrell, Title I Reading Specialist at 923-4167.

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Enjoy your holiday!

Please be safe and enjoy your holiday.  Don’t forget to read!  See you next year, January 5, 2015

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Don’t Forget to READ!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday with your family and friends.

Your have four days to enjoy.

Don’t forget to READ! READ! READ!

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PARENT UNIVERSITY

 

Please join us for the PARENT UNIVERSITYThis free event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 15 at King’s Fork Middle School. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the opening speaker at 9 a.m. To kick off Parent University, Dr. Adolph Brown III will share how young children model themselves based on what they see and hear. Children can become mirror images of their parents. Ask yourself if that’s what you want for your child.

Some of the workshop topics are:

• Top 10 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew

• Internet Safety: Keep Your Kids Out of Danger

• Stop Arguing with Your Kids: Positive Discipline

• Don’t Be Bullied by Bullying

• Kindergarten Readiness: Planning for Success

• Parenting the Strong-Willed Child

• Ages and Stages: What to Expect

• Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs

• Teaching Your Kids to Save Money

• Discovering At-Home Fun in Math & Science

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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“Math in Motion”

 

Nansemond Parkway Elementary School will have “Math in Motion” Night on November 5, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.   Parents will rotate through hands-on stations which provide students with the opportunity to explore grade level specific math concepts.

Please join us for a night of fun learning.

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