We have been really well behaved this year….
…and so Santa has promised us a new website for Christmas!
HE CAME EARLY! Thank you Santa!
The bad news is:
“What we know is that children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development while kids who do read tend to gain a month of reading proficiency,” Allington said. “This creates a three to four month gap every year. Every two or three years the kids who don’t read in the summer fall a year behind the kids who do.” – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, faculty members Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen
and check out this article
The good news is:
Here are 5 great ideas to share with parents including links to sites which will be FUN and help maintain children’s reading levels over the Summer break:
- Visit a library and have children choose their own books to take on holiday (giving books works well too – but allowing children to choose has been proven an even more powerful stimulus)
- Encourage children to read lists, directions, instructions (shopping, craft instructions baking , fun science experiments, game rules, google maps trip directions etc) Perhaps you have a good things jar ..then take the time to read these too!
- Have a family reading challenge: Names of family members (or pictures of them reading) and the list of things they have read (news articles – https://newsela.com/ is a great place to start as you can read the same article but change the reading level)
- Each person could even start to create their own literary thumbprint
- Read and learn clapping games from around the world
- A family reading challenge – each person reads a book of their choice aloud and uses the kung fu punctuation
And have a WONDERFUL Christmas!!