Dear Parents,

           As the school year comes to an end, I hope that you are as proud of your children as I am. They have gained many reading skills this year and have shown great improvement, but these skills need to be practiced over the summer to ensure they retain the knowledge to be ready for September.

    It is very important to keep your child reading over the summer. This helps bridge the end of this school year to the beginning of the next. Summer reading helps to increase reading level and fluency, and helps students build vocabulary and language skills.

    Here you will find some tips to make summer reading a fun and rewarding experience for you and your child. http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/academic/summer/elem-read.html

    You will also find a variety of activities including sight word cards that should be cut apart and practiced over the summer: http://www.kidzone.ws/dolch/  

    In addition, the Taylor Public Library hosts a Summer Reading Program for all students that starts mid June and continues through the summer. Stop by the library or visit http://www.lclshome.org/taylor/news.php to sign up or for more information.

    Lastly, I created a website that provides a variety of games and activities for practice and review. You can find it at https://sites.google.com/site/extrasummerpractice/.

    While all of these review options are available, don't forget to spend time to ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!!! :) :) :)

                                                                 Yours in education,

                                                                  Mrs. Dessoye



    Some Tips for Summer Reading!!!!

    • Keep books in the car and make sure a good book gets tucked into sports bags and campers' backpacks.

    • Get your child his own library card.
      Take or allow him to go to the library often browse for books and enjoy special activities.

    • Help your child select books on topics he is interested in and on his reading level.
      A simple rule of thumb for helping your child select books at his reading level is to have them choose a page in the book (not the first one) and read it. If he doesn’t know five or more of the words, then the book is too hard for pleasure reading.

    • Have plenty of books, books on tape, magazines, and other reading material around for kids to read.

    • 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 and let him pick out another.

    • Let your kids see you read.
      Read the newspaper over your morning coffee, take a magazine from the rack in a doctor's office while you wait, and 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, they still love to be read too. You may want to use different voices for different characters when you read to your child. Reading together is a time for closeness and cuddling-another way to show your love as a caring adult.
      Children love to read letters and notes you write them. Maybe have a day of no talking only writing and reading each others notes.

    • 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 him. Have your child read the instructions and then give it a try.