The best way to ensure that your child retains reading skills is to have your child read over the summer. Contact your child’s teacher for accurate information to aid the reading process.
BEFORE THE SCHOOL YEAR ENDS, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FROM YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER:
- Present reading level This may be either a number (such as 14) or a letter (such as H) depending on the type of assessment the school uses. Does your child need to practice with fiction or nonfiction books?
- Phonics skills Do you know which letter/sound relationships your child already knows? Which should he/she learn next?
- Comprehension issues What skills should your child work on over the summer? Most students would benefit from practicing summarizing skills. Some may also need to work on themes, symbolism, character traits, and more. Have the teacher prioritize needs if there are several.
- Spelling and Writing On occasion, you may also work with your child on writing full sentences and paragraphs. You may choose a fun idea such as imagining and writing about a lizard your child finds or writing a response to reading.
Have your child participate in choosing material of high interest. Do your best to be involved and make this a fun time with a parent! If you would like more information or assistance in building stronger reading skills, please contact me. Use the contact page on this site and I will respond to you quickly.
Enjoy your summer!