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June 13, 2014

Summer Reading

Teachers are creating some new and exciting summer reading assignments for students this year. Kindergarten through fourth grade students all have a summer reading activity card. Reading during the summer is essential to maintain their reading progress and not fall behind. Please read the research below on summer reading.

Fourth graders also have a "must read" book, Touch Blue. There is a bookmark and assignment for this book. Fifth grade students have a "must read" book, Wonder. There is also a bookmark, reading assignment and reading challenges. Please remember that the "must reads" are required of all students and will be discussed the first week of school. This will also be part of their Language Arts grade.

Please help us by making sure your child completes the assignment and returns their summer
reading sheet to school in the fall. We are expecting 100% participation from all grades.
Here is the research about summer reading that I share each year.

There has been much research done on summer reading loss. Here are some of the powerful findings on the reading development of children and ways to help your children prevent a loss in reading achievement over the summer.

  • Summer vacations create on average an annual reading gap of about 3 months between children who read over the summer and those that do not.
  • A summer reading loss of 3 months accumulated over the elementary grades becomes a gap of 18 months by the end of 6th grade. These children will always be behind children who read over the summer.
  • Children who read throughout the summer gain skills; can start the new school year with a better understanding of language and the world around them.
  • Children who read over the summer discover the joy of reading. The more they like to read, the more they will read. 
  • Children learn through a variety of activities, and almost everything we do presents an opportunity to read. Reading every day, even if it's for just a few minutes, improves children's ability to read and learn all year long.

(From Reading Rockets, excerpted from "Summertime Reading
Adventures: A Guide For Parents." Reading is Fundamental, 2001)

June 13, 2014 Newsletter