Friday, June 15, 2018


Summer Reading

Dear Families,
It’s hard to believe that another school year is over! Your child has worked very hard this year in Reader’s Workshop developing strong reading habits, building their reading stamina, and choosing “just right” books that fit their interests and reading level. Please help us ensure this great reading practice continues over the summer. Research has proven that the impact of summer reading loss can be significant. Students who do not read over the summer can lose as much as 22% (2 months of school) of their reading level! You can help prevent this summer reading loss by encouraging your child to read over the summer. Try to have them read something everyday. It can be a book, magazine, a recipe or even a menu. Every word counts!

Help your child choose “Just Right” books by visiting my website. You can access my website by visiting Click on resources. Under that tab, click teacher sites and choose Ms. Anderson. My website includes student & parent resources as well as all of the summer reading information.  Any student who returns their “Summer Reading Passport & Postcard” will receive a prize and a summer reading certificate. As an added incentive, the PTO will provide each student with a free book during the Scholastic Book Fair.

Thank you for supporting our efforts as we continue to foster the value and enjoyment of reading. Have a safe and fun-filled summer.

Paula Anderson
Literacy Specialist
•  Don’t view reading as a chore
Create a positive environment for reading so that children look forward to it. You don’t
have to read, you get to read!                                                                                                                               
•  Reading doesn't have to only be books
Get a magazine about your child’s favorite hobby, turn on the captions and turn down the
volume on the television, look for information on the web.     
•  Your day to day routines can provide reading experiences
cooking, using the phone book, reading instructions for a new game,and reading maps or
brochures for your vacation spots are all authentic reading experiences
•  Read during transitions times
Get some more reading time in during the drive to Grandma’s house or while waiting for the
•  Keep reading those old favorite
Reading books that are a little easy or are even memorized build confidence and fluency.
•  Read to your child
You get quality time with your child, you are a great reading model and you have the
opportunity to talk to your child.   
•  Talk about books
Ask your child open-ended questions such as “What do you think about that story? “
“What would you have done if you were that character?”  
•  Visit the library
Not only can the librarian help you find
good, interesting books for your child, but they probably have a summer reading
program your child can participate in.    
•  Support your child’s writing
There is no better letter/sound practice than writing. Provide supplies and opportunities for
your child to write—letters, lists, messages, vacation journal or scrapbook, etc.
Don’t worry about spelling—just praise your child’s efforts.    
Information from: Mraz, Maryann & Rasinski, Timothy V. (2007). Summer Reading Loss.
The Reading Teacher, Vol. 60 (No. 8), 784-788.


Online Books and Interactive Websites
Storyline Online -

International Children’s Library -

PBS Kids -

Starfall -

Book Adventure -

Magic Keys -

Abcya -

Fun Brain -

Primary Games - -
Mrs. Nussbaum -