Tips for Summer Reading

  • Have plenty of books, books on tape, magazine, and other reading materials around for kids to read.  Keep books in the car and make sure a good book gets tucked into sports’ bags and campers’ backpacks.
  • Get your child his/her own library card.  Take your child to the library often and browse for books and enjoy special activities.
  • Help your child select books on topics he/she is interested in and on his/her reading level.  A simple rule of thumb for helping your child select books at his/her reading level is to have them choose a page in the book (not the first one) and read it orally.  If he/she doesn’t know five or more words, then the books is too hard for pleasure reading.
  • Connect reading with other summer activities.  For example, read books about places you will go over the summer or things you will be doing. Perhaps you will visit the beach or go camping; there are many good books about the beach and camping!
  • Set goals and reward reading.  Reward reading with more reading.  If your child finishes one book, stop by the store or library and let him/her pick out another book.
  • Let your kids see you read.  Read the newspaper over your morning coffee, take a magazine from the rack in the doctor’s office while you wait, or stuff a paperback into your purse, pocket, or briefcase.  Your kids will catch on to the fact that reading is something you like to do in your spare time.
  • Make reading together fun and memorable.  Even if your child is a super reader, he/she still loves to hear you read aloud.  You may want to use different voices for different characters when you read.  Reading together is a time for closeness and cuddling – another way to show your love as a caring adult.
  • Write your child a letter or note and leave it somewhere in the house.  Children love to read letters and notes you write them.  You may want to leave clues as to where you put the letter.  Make it a fun time.
  • Read it, then do it.  Does your child want to learn magic tricks? Juggling? Computer games?  There’s sure to be a book that can help.  Have your child the instructions and then give it a try.
  • Does your child like to help you cook?  Have your child choose a recipe to cook and read the directions together.  Following directions is important and this is just another way to keep your child reading throughout the summer.

May has arrived and the end of school is fast approaching.  Please remember how important it is for your child to be engaged in a reading activity each night. Third grade reading benchmark will be taken in two parts:   Part 1 on Monday, May 12, 2014 and Part 2 on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.   Fourth grade reading benchmark will be Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  Fifth grade reading benchmark will be Friday, May 16, 2014.  SOL tests will be in June.

As the weather gets warmer, your children will be spending more time outside playing. After playing, have your children cool down by reading a book. They can read under a tree, on a porch, or just sitting on the grass.

Spring Forward With a Good Book

Don’t forget to change your clocks on March 9, 2014.   As our time springs forward, let’s spring forward with a good book to read.  Check out a new book this week in the library.

Important Dates to Remember

Conferences have been rescheduled for the following days:

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 4:00-6:00

Monday, February 24, 2014 from 4:00-6:00

Reading Night is February 27th, 2014

Come help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday.

There will be lots of activities.

Happy New Year!

Make one of your New Year’s Resolutions to read more books. Check out “Slime Kids.”   This website has links to many book review sites including “Spaghetti Book Club” that includes reviews from kids.



It is important that students read a variety of texts.  Have them read their books from the library, but include other reading materials as well.  Encourage your child to read the newspaper, magazines, restaurant menus, recipes, or game directions.  Urge your child to summarize what has been read.

School is going well!  Make sure your child reads each night either orally or silently.  Hold your child accountable by asking questions about what they have read.