Parent Resources


SUMMER READING IS SWEET!

 

May 25, 2018

 

Dear Monterey Families,

 

            Another school year is ending, yet we continue to be amazed as our children learn and grow with each passing second. Thank you for supporting your child as he/she progressed through the school year. Your kiddo, the teachers, and Mrs. Moretti have also worked hard to reach our goals. With all of this support, your child has made a great deal of growth  and we can all celebrate!

 

According to a study published by professors at the University of Florida, children can lose as much as 2-3 months of reading skills when they do not read over the summer (Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2003). This can add up  to a 2 year literacy deficit by the time the child reaches middle school. You and your child have the power to make sure he/she stays on track this summer.

 

Attached you will find calendars for each month of the summer. Please write down the number of minutes your child reads each day. Total those minutes at the end of the month. Send in the completed calendars when your child comes back to school in the fall, and he/she can join us for an ice cream party! After all, summer reading is sweet!

 

Additionally, the bottom of the  reading calendars have helpful hints for improving word solving and comprehension skills as your child reads. The final pages of this packet have websites, apps, and text lists that will keep your child’s brain sharp this summer.

 

Thank you for all that you do! Have a wonderful summer with your little readers!

 

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Rebecca Headington

Rebecca Headington

Monterey Literacy Coach/ Reading Teacher

 

Monterey Student Name: _________________

SUMMER READING IS SWEET!

Please write down the number of minutes you read each day. Add the total minutes for the month. Bring this back to school in the fall to celebrate your reading with an ice cream party!

June 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Total Weekly Minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week.

3

 

4

5

6

7

8

9

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week.

10

 

11

12

13

14

15

16

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week..

17

 

18

19

20

21

22

23

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week..

24

 

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week.

 

Total June Reading Minutes: _______________

READ

On Your Mark, Get Set…

The summer reading program starts on June 4th at the Grove City and Westland Area Libraries.

The Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge starts on June 2nd at any Columbus Metro Library.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

Visit Barnes & Noble to sign up for their summer reading program and earn a free book.

Monterey Student Name: _________________

SUMMER READING IS SWEET!

Please write down the number of minutes you read each day. Add the total minutes for the month. Bring this back to school in the fall to celebrate your reading with an ice cream party!

July 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Total Weekly Minutes

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week.

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week.

15

 

16

17

18

19

20

21

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week..

22

 

23

24

25

26

27

28

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week..

29

 

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week.

 

Total July Reading Minutes: _______________

READ

When you read, ask the following questions:

- Does it make sense?  Does it look right? Does it sound right?

Think about main idea of the text. What is it mostly about? How do you know?

Identify the genre you are reading. Is it fiction or nonfiction? Is it poetry? Is is realistic fiction? Talk about how you know!

Monterey Student Name: _________________

SUMMER READING IS SWEET!

Please write down the number of minutes you read each day. Add the total minutes for the month. Bring this back to school in the fall to celebrate your reading with an ice cream party!

August 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Total Weekly Minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week.

5

 

6

7

8

9

10

11

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week.

12

 

13

14

15

16

17

18

 

 

I read ____ minutes this week..

19

 

20

21

22

Back to school for last names starting with A-G

23

Back to school for last names starting with H-0

2

Back to school for last names starting with P-Z

25

 

26

 

27

All students come to school!

28

All students come to school!

 

29

All students come to school!

 

30

All students come to school!

 

31

All students come to school!

 

 

 

 

 

Total August Reading Minutes: _______________

READ

Does your book have a character in it? What is the character like? How does the character change throughout the book?

Why did the author write the book you are reading? Who is the audience? Do you like the choices the author and/or illustrator made? Why or why not?

Have you developed a favorite book, series, or genre? Talk about why this is your favorite. What does the author do to make you like it so much?

Resources

 

PRACTICE BOOKS

Summer Bridge and Scholastic offer practice books for students to complete. These review concepts from the previous year, while introducing students to new topics they will see in the following grade.

http://www.summerbridgeactivities.org/buy_summer_bridge_workbook.htm

https://shop.scholastic.com/teachers-ecommerce/teacher/shops/summer-express.html

 

WEBSITES:

  • Scholastic: Clifford the Big Red Dog hosts his own site of fun-filled learning for beginning readers and does it with his signature personality and style. The site features interactive storybooks, games and bilingual stories.

  • StoryPlace offers preschoolers a virtual library experience. Kids can participate in story time, watch videos and play games. The bilingual site also provides early literacy information and a guide to children’s books for parents and caregivers.

  • Starfall provides opportunities for young children to have fun while learning their ABCs and reading skills through positive reinforcement in a brightly colored environment full of activities, games and songs.

  • PBS Kids: Between the Lions is a virtual library where lion librarians host fun-filled activities with characters like singing vowels and dancing puppets. Children can entertain themselves or involve a grown-up in the educational video games, stories and songs.

  • Seussville, Dr. Seuss’ website, lets children enjoy reading-based interactive games and activities featuring his classic books and characters. The site includes a character guide, book catalogue, Seuss biography, tips for parents and resources for teachers.

  • Math & Reading Help offers early readers interactive, enjoyable games to improve reading (and math). Parents will find an extensive online library of articles on education, notably on homework and tutoring.

  • Reading Rockets has lots of games and activities for kids’ pleasure and learning. And parents, teachers and other adults can access instructional videos, a blog, PBS TV programs and videos to guide them in helping children learn to read.

  • Reading is Fundamental, long known for providing (free) books to families who need them, presents games, interactive stories, songs and book recommendations for kids up to age 12 and their families, including bilingual activities.

  • Kidsreads offers book reviews, features, contests, excerpts from new releases, a blog, and author profiles and interviews for young readers and their parents. (Check out Teenreads for older youth, too.)

  • The Stacks lets kids 8-14 play games, test skills and knowledge about books, work on writing activities and express opinions. They can connect with other readers on books, reading and authors on this well-moderated site.

  • Scholastic: Writing with Writers allows students of all ages to collaborate with authors, editors and illustrators in exclusive workshops designed to guide them in many forms of writing to develop their skills.

  • Teenreads provides book reviews, features, contests, excerpts from new releases, a blog, and author profiles and interviews for older youth and their parents. (Check out Kidsreads for younger children, too.)

APPS:

75 Apps (for Under a Dollar) to Promote Literacy

 

LEVEL: PRE-/BEGINNING READING

LEARNING TO READ

ABC Spelling - Spell & Phonics (free)

Hearbuilder Phonological Awareness (free)

Reading Magic (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) (free)

LEARNING WORDS

Kids Can Spell - Writing First Words (free)

Kids Reading Sight Words (Lite) (free)

Rocket Speller (free)

Sight Words Learning Games (free)

Sight Words Pre-K to Grade 3 (free)

Word Games for Kids (free)

Word Wagon (free)

Kids Learning-Little Speller 3 Letter Words ($0.99)

 

LEVEL: BEGINNING READING

LEARNING TO READ AND READING

K12 Timed Reading Practice (Lite) (free)

Mad Libs (free)

Sentence Maker (free)

Pocket Wally's Sight Words ($0.99)

Toby ($0.99)

LEARNING WORDS

Big Bird's Words ($0.99)

Clifford's BE BIG with Words ($0.99)

Smiley Sight Words ($0.99)

 

LEVEL: BEGINNING/BASIC READING

READING

Scholastic Reading Timer (free)

Chalk Up! ($0.99)

INCREASING VOCABULARY

Crosswords with Friends (free)

Phonics Genius (free)

Pictoword (free)

My Spelling Test Pro ($0.99)

Word Solitaire: Aurora ($0.99)

 

LEVEL: BASIC READING

READING

Reading Rewards (free)

INCREASING VOCABULARY

Roots to Words (free)

Word Mover (free)

World's Worst Pet (free)

Rhymo ($0.99)

Scramble with Friends ($0.99)

WordPop! ($0.99)

WordsWorth ($0.99)

WordWit ($0.99)

 

LEVEL: BASIC/ADVANCED READING

READING

3D Bookshelf: Classic Literature Collection ($0.99)

INCREASING VOCABULARY

7 Little Words (free)

Find the Word (free)

(The) (free) Dictionary (free)

SAT Vocab (free)

Spelling Master (free)

Spelling Pro (free)

Word Cookies (free)

Word Scramble (free)

Word Search Colorful (free)

Word Search Puzzles (free)

Word Search Unlimited (free)

Wordlings (free)

Words Crush (free)

 

 

*Websites and Apps copied from the Pennsylvania Department of Education website