Recommended Websites for Read Alouds Don’t forget to participate in the Governor’s Reading Challenge this summer! (Use Control and click to open links below, or copy web addresses and paste into browser) Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/kindergartenread-alouds Summer Reading for Kindergartners Great Schools http://www.greatschools.org/cgi-bin/ showarticle/622/ Fordham Institute http://edexcellence.net/commentary/educationgadfly-daily/flypaper/2012/the-kindergartencanon.html Cheshire Public Schools Summer Reading List for Students Entering First Grade http://www.cheshire.k12.ct.us/media/138655/ students%20entering%20gr%201%202014.pdf (Use Control and click to open links below, or copy web addresses and paste into browser) Summer Reading Journal 2015 Did You Know…you can access Destiny Quest and read e-books from your child’s home school library? Simply go to: https://cheshireps.follettdestiny.com, choose your child’s school, and then use your student’s login (first initial last name, cps… and the student’s number) when you go to your school’s home page. http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/ctread/Su mmerReading2015_journal.pdf (Kdg. parents may fill out the journal with books read aloud to the chlld AND books read by the child independently.) Message to Parents and Students http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/ctread/SR2 015_parentinfo_english.pdf Summer shouldn't mean taking a break from learning, especially reading. Studies show that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read actually gain skills. Efforts should be made during the summer to help children sustain reading skills, practice reading, and read for enjoyment. Parents should remember that children need free time in the summer to relax and enjoy the pleasures of childhood. So, summer reading should be fun. Independent Reading is Important Practice Time The Importance of Reading Aloud to Your Child “The best predictor of reading achievement is the amount of time children spend reading books on their own.” —The National Reading Panel (2000) How You Can Support Literacy at Home Set a good example! Parents must be willing to model behavior for their children. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad. Let kids choose what they want to read. This is most successful when students choose a text that is also within their reading range. The Cheshire Public Library has partnered with CPS to provide leveled texts for your young readers. Your kindergartener read independently each day at school for between 10-15 minutes, sometimes even longer! Kindergartners will read several of their leveled books during this time. The right time of day for reading varies for each family. Find the time that works for you and keep it consistent. Parents do not need to TEACH their child to read. If your child is reading a book at the appropriate level, he should be able to read and problem-solve on his own with only occasional help from you. Buy or borrow books on tape. Listen to them in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together. Have a space at home where your child can create, draw, and write. Kids will choose to write if they have a supply of cool pencils, markers, a stapler! Think of it as their home office. Take your children to the library regularly. Most libraries sponsor summer reading clubs for schoolage children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. It can be motivating to some children to set a goal for number of minutes read each day and keep a chart of their progress. e-books! Be sure to take advantage of your access to leveled readers via CPSsponsored e-books by Capstone. Consult your child’s teacher for his/her recommended reading level range. Download the Overdrive app for online access to your public library’s e-books.