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The school year is almost complete and summer is just around the corner. Your students won’t have to see the inside of a classroom for a couple of months. Unfortunately, 10 weeks without practice is a long time, especially for struggling readers. Often students forget some of what they've learned over the past school year during the summer months.


Fortunately, there are many, many things you can do at home to help your student prevent ‘summer slide’.


1. READ with you child EVERY DAY!  Read a variety of materials-fiction, nonfiction, ebooks, poetry, newspapers, magazines.  For most children 20 minutes of reading each day is an appropriate length of time.  What could be better than spending a summer afternoon with a good book?


2. Visit your local library.  The DeRuyter Free Library hosts a fantastic summer reading program each year.


3. Take pictures and make a summer scrapbook!


4. Cook with your child! Let your child help plan the menu. Put together a cookbook of favorite recipes!  What a great way to combine reading, math, & science!


5. Listen to audiobooks. 


6. Join a program like The Scholastic Summer Challenge!  It is a free program that will encourage your student to read all summer long!


7. Keep a journal!


8. Keep reading with !  There is a summer program and plenty of books to keep your child reading all summer long!


9. Check out these incredible websites!


  • – FunBrain offers something for every student. Educational games have different levels so the practice can be customized. The site has areas dedicated to math and reading.


  • Smithsonian Institute for Kids – Take a closer look at these engaging online exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution covering art, science & nature, history & culture and people & places.


  • America’s Story – Presented by the Library of Congress, students will get caught up in the interactivity of the site as they Meet Amazing Americans, Jump Back in Time, Explore the States, Join America at Play and See, Hear and Sing. Check it out.
  • KidsReads – Looking for a few good books this summer? Check out this site with reviews and recommendations as well as sections devoted to popular book series.


  • National Park Service Web Rangers – Complete more than 4 dozen activities—puzzles, mysteries, quizzes, etc.—to earn your “WebRanger” status. The activities vary in difficulty level and topic (parks, animals, nature, people, history, science and puzzles).



How ever you and your student choose to approach reading this summer keep it fun!  Children need time to relax, play and enjoy being children!  Remember, the single greatest factor in improving your child’s reading ability is time spent reading independently.



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