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Parents, here's a big reason why we want students to have FUN reading over the summer. From Time e-Zine article by Annie Murphy Paul dated July 1, 2013: (emphasis added)

As simple as it sounds, reading books can reverse the summer slide in literacy skills for even the poorest children. Richard Allington, a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his colleagues found that giving kids 12 books to read over the summer was as effective as summer school in raising the students’ reading scores. The increase in test scores was especially pronounced for those who were most economically disadvantaged.

The children in Allington’s study were allowed to pick their own books, and while parents may cringe at their selections (most popular: a biography of Britney Spears), the researchers believe that giving students a choice of reading material is a critical part of their intervention: not only are the kids more motivated to read the books, but the words and facts they learn build on knowledge they already possess.

Another study — this one led by James Kim of the Harvard Graduate School of Education — found that regardless of family income, the effect of reading four to five books over the summer was large enough to prevent a decline in reading-achievement scores from the spring to the fall. Kim’s other finding: children who said they had easy access to books over the summer ended up reading more. So seasonal alarm bells aside, the best way to push back against the summer slide is with your library card.

Here are tips for your readers (Mraz, M. and Rasinksi, T. (2007). Summer Reading Loss, The Reading Teacher):
  • Talk to your child about what he or she is reading.
  • Ask open ended questions such as “What do you think about that story?” and “What would you have done if you were that character?”
  • Make reading a regular part of your daily home activities. Let your child see you reading for real purposes and enjoyment.
  • Visit the public library! Help your child get his or her own library card.
  • Read to your child regularly, even after your child is able to read books independently.
  • Listen to your child read. Use strategies to help your child with tricky words. For example, when your child comes to an unfamiliar word, you might say, “Skip it and read to the end of the sentence. Now try again, what makes sense and looks like the word that you see?”
  • Praise your child’s efforts at reading.
  • Set reasonable limits for “screen time,” including television viewing, video game playing, and Internet.
Summer Reading Challenge from GA Dept. of Education
K-2nd goal:       10 easy fiction/nonfiction books
3rd-5th goal:      8 chapter books
Free Access to Digital Books This Summer!
This summer, students can read anywhere, anytime, and virtually anything this summer, because Get Georgia Reading partner myON is delivering thousands of free books to computer and mobile devices that students can access 24 hours a day—every day—from May 3 through Aug. 31, 2017.

myON includes:
  • More than 13,000 enhanced digital texts from Capstone and over 60 other publishers, as well as daily news articles.
  • A library searchable by genre, topic, and target Lexile® range to engage students with just-right texts.
  • Picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, literary non-fiction, and informational texts that appeal to a variety of ages.
  • Flexible reading scaffolds: audio narration to model fluency, highlighted text, and embedded dictionaries.
  • Spanish and dual-language titles.
Getting Started is Quick and Easy!

Check out this short video with your students for tips on finding and reading great books on myON! Then follow these simple steps to access the myON platform.

1. Go to: www.myON.com

2. Click the Log In Now button and enter the following information:

3. School Name: Get Georgia Reading - (Begin typing the word Get and select from the                                                                                  drop-down menu.)
    User Name: dekalbcounty

    Password: read

4. Click on the "Sign In" button, select a book and start reading!

For more information, please see the myION flyer or visit the link below:
DCPL Summer Reading Program
Reading Bowl Club
for rising 4th and 5th graders only
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.

2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017. Find a Store

3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.
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