Summer Reading Plan
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K-3 READING PLAN for SUMMER

A major goal in reading instruction is to have children become life-long readers by enjoying independent reading. Children have been learning to choose books that match their independent reading level so that they can build reading stamina and fluency. These books, “Just Right Books”, may appear too easy to parents, but the children are practicing more difficult reading skills on slightly easier texts. A “Just Right Book” for a student is one in which he/she attains 96% proficiency in reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension. Therefore, as with any skill, a person needs to practice, practice, practice! Your child should continue to read at the level at which he/she completes the school year. You will find this level noted on his/her final report card.

Research has shown that to maintain and strengthen reading skills and not regress during the vacation, a child should read throughout the entire summer and not just prior to the beginning of school. Students in kindergarten and grade one have built their reading stamina to read independently for 15-25 minutes, and students in grades 2-4 have stamina to read independently for 30-45 minutes. If your child is reading an on-level chapter book, they should complete a chapter book every one to two weeks.

I suggest that your son/daughter:

  • makes a summer reading plan with you (see an example of some possible discussion points on my website)

  • read every day.

  • read as many books as possible this summer on his or her level.

  • reads at the same level all summer. As per current research, I do not support advancing your child to the next level of books for independent reading, as this may cause comprehension to decrease.

  • talk to you about the characters, plot, sequence of events, etc. in the book he/she is reading.

  • be encouraged to reread books that he/she truly enjoys.

  • read a variety of books (fiction, non-fiction, poetry).

  • enjoy books you read aloud to him or her (A great list of suggested read alouds can be found on TBD’s website!)

  • utilize Tumblebooks to enjoy digital books on the computer or ipad (www.tumblebooks.com, username: baldwinds, password: books) 

  • utilize www.storylineonline.net

  • keep a log of the books he/she has read and note if he/she has reread any. Some logs are available on my webpage if your child prefers to use a structured log.  Keep in mind a log can be visual- a photo of the stack of books read or maybe the books’ covers!

A book list of appropriate leveled books is included on my school website for your convenience. You may find additional titles on http://home.comcast.net/~ngiansante/index.html. This is meant to be a beginning place for you and your child, or a librarian to start to make selections. When selecting titles from any leveled book list, please make sure that you select the proper level from the GR or “Guided Reading” category.

Enjoy your summer, and keep reading!

Miss Amy E. Brown