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Summer is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking summer reading! Even though the middle school library is closed, there are loads of way to keep your brain active over the break.
Listed below are a few area summer reading programs (click the links):
Haysville Community Library
Enrollment for Summer Reading 2017 will begin on Monday May 22nd. Summer Reading will go from the week of June 1st through the next to last week of July. Each week those enrolled in Summer Reading will complete a list of tasks for that week, then the following week check in at the library for a new set of tasks and get a prize for the previous week. The last week of summer reading is a catch up week for anyone who still wants to get prizes!
Wichita Public Library
Students entering grades 6-12
To participate, read at least 20 minutes a day. You can track your progress online or with a reading log available at any Wichita Public Library.
You can count any reading you do, whether it's in a book, a newspaper, on a website, or in a magazine!
For every 10 days you read 20 minutes or more, you earn a prize such as:
Kansas State Fair
The Kansas State Fair and Kansas’ Largest Classroom are introducing a summer reading challenge. We want to encourage students to read over the summer and learn more about Kansas agriculture. Students need to read 8 books over the summer and log them on our reading journal. Books read aloud by an adult can also be counted. Once the journal is completed, mail it to the Kansas State Fair to receive a Fair reading fun pack which includes a special ribbon and fun Kansas agriculture information. Completed journals can also be scanned and emailed. This program will start May 15 and run until August 15. Email or call 620-669-3607 with any questions.
Did you know that when kids read over the summer they are more likely to leap ahead when they return to school? This is often called the “summer leap,” and our school has made it a priority to keep our students’ skills sharp by encouraging them to read all summer long.
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program that invites children to log their reading minutes all summer.
As kids log their reading minutes throughout the 18 weeks of summer, they will unlock a book featuring fun activities including games, videos, quizzes and more. Plus, throughout the summer, kids will earn digital rewards and learn about great new books to read.
On the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge site, families will have access to free book lists across all ages in both English and Spanish. The fun begins on May 8, 2017, and ends on September 8, 2017.
I invite you to learn more about the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge at scholastic.com/summer. Have a wonderful summer! If your child forgot his or her summer reading username, please contact me directly or contact Scholastic at 1-800-SCHOLASTIC or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more articles, tips, and free resources for parents, visit scholastic.com/parents. For more games, book recommendations, videos and free activities for kids, visit scholastic.com/kids.
Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child
to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read
them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read,
and earn prizes for their reading success. Start your
reading adventure below!
Reading over the summer really does make a difference!
Many students and families regard the summer break as just that – a break from school and other “requirements.” However, research shows that kids who never open a book during their summer break fall behind in reading, while kids who do read maintain or even excel in their reading skills.
What do researchers have to say about the importance of summer reading?
“… the best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer. And the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not he or she has access to books.”
How can I motivate my student to read over the summer?
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge resonates with students in this digital age offering
fun activities and exciting rewards in a mobile-friendly website. They are invited to join their
school team in a global effort to set a world record for most minutes read during the summer.
Students sign up, choose books to read, and then log their reading minutes online. They can
continue to track their school’s progress throughout the summer by checking in online.
How do parents turn their new or struggling readers into adults who enjoy reading? Here are
several building blocks to help raise enthusiastic readers.
• It all starts with reading aloud. The more words your child hears from the beginning of her life,
the bigger her vocabulary will be, which will pave the way when she learns to read herself.
• Have plenty of books in the house. Keep books in the car, on the bedside table, or in a
backpack. Get your child a library card as soon as she is old enough, then take weekly or
bi-weekly trips to the library.
• Be a role model of reading for your children. Make a point of reading while your children are
in the room, whether it's a book, newspaper, or magazine. As your children get older, look for
areas of common interest and read together. If your preteen son is an athlete, read the sports
section together or get him a subscription to a sports magazine.
• Let your children be in charge of what they read. Allow your children to select their own books,
even if they’re too easy. Parents who exert too much control over their children's reading
choices risk making them feel like reading is a chore.
Another effective tactic for children who are struggling with reading (or just beginning to get
the hang of it) is to give small rewards. For frustrated or new readers, the intrinsic pleasure in
reading just isn’t there yet, so it’s OK to offer extrinsic rewards, such as movie tickets, family
outings, or privileges, in exchange for concentrated reading time.