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Encouraging Summer Reading and Writing Kim Murphy, CCC-SLP Mind InFormation Pte Ltd
The Problem with Summer summer brain drain – kids typically lose 1- 2 months of skill in reading and writing over the summer months The Challenge: to get your child to continue daily reading and writing in the summer, while still having fun!
Studies suggest that reading as few as six books over the summer will help students maintain the level of reading skills they achieved during the school year.
Reluctant Reader: does not prefer reading as an activity; perhaps finds it a bit difficult and may need some guidance and extra practice; more to do with interest Struggling Reader: has a difficulty with reading and needs very specific help; reading is hard and therefore not enjoyable; usually a language-based problem
Both types of children need: books that are of interest to them fun reading and writing activities daily routine good models around them
Struggling readers really need the extra practice and summer is a great time to get it. More relaxed time with less pressure Children are often more likely to just pick up a book when no one tells them they have to!
TIPS FOR PARENTS
Set goals – let the child decide (or let him think he is making the decision ) Weekly or monthly goal Review at the end to determine if successful Keep a log Journal – list of books read, amount of time, opinions, etc. Graph the number of books and/or time
Let the child choose the books and the genre of books he likes. Go shopping together! Variety! non-fiction, fiction, comic books, graphic novels, magazines, etc. Be a good model for reading and writing Have materials readily available all the time
Support her as she reads – you could even read the book to her first as she follows along Use recorded books (Learning Ally, apps) and have the child follow along Set a scheduled family reading/writing time Help the child choose books that arent too hard. Easy books are great practice for fluency and, often, motivation: success!
Finding books at the right level is very important for struggling and reluctant readers. The teacher may tell you the childs level Ask a librarian for suggestions Five Finger Rule: Open the book to a random page and have your child begin reading. Every time a word is missed, one finger goes up. If all five fingers are up before the page is finished then a new book should be selected for independent reading.
You can use Find a Book to match reading level and interests Can find high interest but low lexile level books for struggling readers The lexile measure is based on two strong predictors of how difficult a text is to comprehend: word frequency sentence length
Other important factors in finding the right book: the content the age and interests of the reader the design of the actual book
Being a Good Model (Reading Rockets) Surround yourself with reading material Draw attention to all the things you read and write in your everyday activities Buy or borrow books together Read for leisure Dont be a solo reader – talk about the book
How to Discuss a Book with Your Child *Avoid closed-ended yes/no questions (Did you like it?)
BEFORE your child reads a book, ask: Why did you select this book? What makes you think this book is going to be interesting? What do you think the book is going to be about? Does this book remind you of anything you've already read or seen? What kind of characters do you think will be in the book? What do you think is going to happen?
WHILE your child is reading a book, try asking: Will you catch me up on the story? What's happened so far? What do you think will happen next? If you were that character, what would you have done differently in that situation? If the book was a TV show, which actors would you cast in it?
cont: While your child is reading a book, try asking: Where is the book set? If the main character in that story lived next door, would you guys be friends? What does the place look like in your head as you read? Would you want to visit there? Did you learn any new words or facts so far?
AFTER your child has finished a book, ask questions like: What was your favorite part of the book? Why? Who was your favorite character? Why? What was the most interesting thing you learned? Why do you think the author wrote this book? Would you have ended the book differently? Did it end the way you thought it would? Did the problem of the book's plot get solved? If you could change one thing in the book, what would you change?
ACTIVITIES ** Choose materials/topics of interest to your child ** Have FUN!!!
Read aloud to your child Go to the library Have the child tell you – or write - new things they learn in their books Work on projects – research, read, write, draw, charts/graphs (ex. trip to the zoo or museum) Plan summer vacation
Make homemade greeting cards Make lists – groceries, activities, games Make up songs Research famous people of interest Read instructions for favorite games, even on the internet Write postcards to relatives or friends
Create a summer scrapbook Keep a journal – could be something all family members contribute to; could be over , too Subscribe to a childrens magazine Host a neighborhood book swap Be nature detectives – read and write about what you find
Turn a picnic into a booknic Make a family joke book Read or write out favorite recipes Read a book that is now a movie and then go see the movie
Websites: -10 weeks of Summer Reading Adventures - a PBS website that allows you to log your childs reading, send postcards, see what books other kids are reading; activities from PBS shows
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Recommended book lists er/2011/ er/2011/ rreads/ (free downloadable books for Grades 3, 4, 5) rreads/
Is there an app for that?? There are some good apps out there for literacy skills, but the important thing is how you use them. iTunes education apps section Upcoming blog post:
Can I do more for my child who is struggling to read and write??
For some children, summer is the perfect time to start a treatment program with a trained professional. Weekly sessions with the professional, in person or online Daily practice and motivation are critical
Lexercise is a great option Research-based treatment Online games that are customized for the child provide motivating, daily practice between sessions with the clinician Take it with you wherever you go, as long as you have internet!
How to locate a qualified professional? Lexercises data base has >400 clinicians (SLPs, psychologists & clinical educators). Give us a call and well connect you with a clinician committed to research-backed practices for in-person or online treatment.
View this Broadcasts recording and previous ones, too, at: We hope youll join us for our next Live Broadcast on August 25th : Assistive Technology for Struggling Readers and Writers Well you an invitation. Encouraging Summer Reading and Writing
Contact Information Kim Murphy, CCC-SLP Mind InFormation Phone: 1 (888)