Did you know that children experience learning losses when they don’t read over the summer? Recentstudies show some students loseas much as two months of reading achievement! However, if kids readfour or more books during the summer,they can avoid this loss. * That is one of the reasons our school has chosen to have a book fair. Coming next week, we will have our annual Scholastic Book Fair. We want to make reading a fun summer activity with the”Read for the World Record”challenge.
We invite you and your child to join the team of kids from across the world attempting to set a summer reading world record. The world record attempt begins May 1 and concludes August 31, 2012. If your student will participate in this reading for fun activity, please have your student return the pledge form found in the Thursday envelope. Once I get pledge form back I will create a log in for your student. Keep the reading log at home to track books and minutes. Our goal as a school is to read 100,000 minutes during this summer this averages out to 500 minutes per student for a minimum of 38 minutes a week.
Here are a few simple ways to coach your child to become a record-breaking reader:
· Go over a booklist with your child and talk about books he/she might enjoy.
· Visit the Book Fair with your child., May 15-18
· Encourage reading throughout the summer with library visits, story time at home, and conversations about books. Let your child see you reading.
· Visit theScholastic Summer ChallengeWeb site:www.scholastic.com/summer. It’s a kid-friendly, safe online community where students can join a record-setting team, log reading minutes, and enjoy games and activities geared for all ages.
We hope your family makes reading a big part of your summer fun this year.