Summer Reading

 

 Summer Reading in Weaverville
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The purpose of a summer reading program is to encourage students to become lifelong readers and to provide fun and engaging ways to build their independent reading skills.  Summer is a great time to read to your children.  It is also a wonderful time of year for students to read books for pleasure to nurture a love for reading.

Avoid the “Summer Slide”

Children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not read often slide backward.  Many children forget some of what they’ve learned or slip out of practice during the summer months.  Reading research indicates that children’s reading ability declines between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next; however, this can be prevented by performing one fundamental task – reading throughout the summer.  Providing guidance in selecting reading materials and talking about what is being read are ways you can encourage a life-long love of reading.

Some suggestions for summer reading programs that offer fun and incentives for reading.  Special events will be taking place at the Weaverville Library throughout the summer. Contact the Buncombe County Library System to find out more about summer reading programs.  Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program consists of keeping a journal as incentive to access free books.  Information about these programs will come home with your child at the end of the school year.

Here are some helpful websites that are filled with book lists and fun reading activities:

http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-lists

http://www.storylineonline.net/

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/book-lists-and-recommendations/ages-6-7

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/book-lists-and-recommendations/ages-8-10

Ask your child these open-ended questions to help their comprehension:

  • Where/When did the story take place?
  • What happened to the character in the story and why do you think that happened?
  • What was the first thing that happened?
  • How did the story end?
  • Tell me about the story in a few sentences.
  • If reading a non-fiction book, write 3 -5 facts you learned from your reading.

We hope that you and your child have a wonderful time reading many great books this summer!

Happy Reading!

Weaverville Elementary School Media Center

Mrs. Spurling and Mrs. Banner