Summer Reading by Grade Level
Lower School Summer Reading
Making Time for Summer Reading!
When you think about summer what comes to mind? The long awaited family vacation? A great cook out on a hot July day? Or, spending time by the pool a couple of times a week? While these are all worthwhile summer activities, I have one more activity that I’d like to add to your summer list - reading!
Reading every day is important for school age children because it gives them opportunities to work on developing word recognition, comprehension, and fluency simultaneously. Good readers recognize the words in print, and they construct understanding from the printed word. For young readers, developing really good comprehension and fluency skills can sometimes be challenging because they are also being asked to explain their thoughts about the reading in conjunction with the world around them.
For many families, I know that working with your child to find something really good to read during the summer is a major highlight of the summer. As you begin to think about the best books for your son or daughter to read this summer, here are a few hints that might help make reading an engaging and fun activity for your child and the entire family:
- Visit a library. Your local library is a great resource and a wonderful, relaxing place for you and your child to read.
- Get to know your local librarian. Talking to your local librarian is another good way to help your child find “just right books” (especially leveled readers for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade).
- Build reading time into your plans for the summer. This way you can help students keep up with a “reading” routine.
- Discuss the stories you are reading. Whether you are reading or your child is doing the reading, make sure you talk about the story together.
The most important tip for parents during the summer regarding reading is to read, read, read!