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day, August 1, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine Encouraging Summer Reading By Risa Young Teachers across all grade levels understand the importance of encouraging students to read during the summer vacation. It is especially important for beginning readers to continue to practice and develop their newly acquired skills on a consistent basis. It is also necessary to provide parents with information on how they can support their child's reading development during the summer. Often children's own suggestions can serve as a catalyst to inspire others to read. Set aside some rime for the class to prepare presentations on favorite books that they want to recommend to their dassmates to read over the summer. Create a summer reading list based on your  students' favorite books. You may also want to choose specific books or author recommendations that meet individual children "s needs or interests. You can develop indi- vidualized summer reading lists based on favorite authors, genres and interests. Some students may need specific skill building, so you may want to suggest books that have prediL'table or rhyming text, simple chapter books, or nonfiction books to help children expand real-world knowledge and vocabulary. You may want to send home books with cassettes to encourage families to read together in households where English is not the first language. Some parents may need specific ideas about where to find books. Highlight book rifles from book dub order forms that would be beneficial or interesting for their children. Provide them with addresses of local libraries and bookstores and suggest educational television shows or computer programs that support language and literacy development. Include a list of materials that they will need at home to support reading activities, including writing and drawing materials for completing reading logs or book reports. Grades: Pre-K through Grade 3 Family Reading for Emerging Readers (PreK)- Provide parents with a list of books that focus on ac- OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students tivities children typically engage in during the sum- mer - beach trips and fam- fly picnics, day camp, out- door "pretend" adven- tures, or family vacations. To help parents prepare their children for their re- turn to school at the end of the summer, include books with back-to-school themes. Some great sum- mer read-aloud books that feature favorite characters are Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monster's Cave by Marcus Pfister, Little Miss Spider at Sunnypatch School by David Kirk and Madeline Says Merci by John Bemelmans Mar-ciano. Encourage families to de- velop consistent reading routines with their chil- dren. Remind them to pack books in backpacks for summer trips and to take along books on cas- sette so the entire family can enjoy stories together. Great Picture Books for Early Readers (Grades K- 1)-Kindergarten and first grade students will enjoy reading picture books like Henry and Mudge and the Forever Sea by Cynthia Rylant, Scooby-Doo Picture Clue #18: Surf Scare by Michelle Nagler and Eloise Takes a Bawth by Kay Th- ompson. Include informa- .... "", -SCHOOL-. AND SPORTS PAGES ...............   :b: q SPONSORED BY: *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. 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Children who have demonstrated the ability to read aloud with an adult should be encouraged to spend time reading alone. Develop a summer reading log that includes information that you want children to record after reading a book. Reading logs might indude the rifle, authOr, main characters, setting, main idea and a personal review of the book. Invite children to also draw a picture about the story to encourage creative-thinking skills. Molivaling Independent Readers (Grades 2,3)- Motivation is the key whenag children to continue independent reading during their summer vacio Invite the students to develop a summer reading list of their favorite authors and book Oopic Create thislist as a class activity. This is a good time 0o reflect on all the books your students have read during fle year- inside and outsidetie classroom. You can also provide children and families with a list of popular, easy-to- read series chapter books like Bailey School Kids: Wizards Don "t Wear Graduation Gowns by Debbie Dadey and Marcia T. Jones, Captain Under- pants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman by Day Pilke)5 Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl by Barbara Park, Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery by David Adler, Henry and Mudge and the Forever Sea by Cynthia Rylant and Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. Children are drawn to these appealing main characters, engaging plots and easy-to-read books that are perfect for independent readers. Once they become drawn to a specific series char- acter they will become motivated to read more books from the series. Many children become very devoted to their favorite series. By providing your students with books that are meaningful and interesting to them and giving their parents suggestions on how they can support their child- ren's reading skills, everyone will be prepared, motivated and ready for a summer of great reading. MAYOR'S MOMENT Concluded from p. 1 growing pool of ineligible young Americans has a serious potential to undermine future recruiting and our nation's security. Because poor education achievement is a leading rea- son why three quarters of young Americans are unable to join the mili one of Mission: Readiness' focuses is on Early Learning and, specificall3 requesting support of the 2014 Federal Budget that details a new state-federal early learning proposal. This state-federal partnership would provide states with the resources to create, strengthen and expand their own pre-K programs and support child de- velopment for children from birth to age three. States across the country are achieving remarkable results for children who participate in high quality state pre-K programs. Unfortunately, high quality programs are not reaching nearly enough of the children who stand to benefit from them. Data shows that students who do participate in these programs are 44% more likely to graduate from high school (HS) and 70% less likely to be convicted of crimes. Overall, there is a $15,000 benefit to society for every child served. And, as you have probably ascertained, this is just not a military issue. It has ramifications across all of society if one- fourth of our students do not have at least a high school diploma. The DSM Register had an article about the income over one's lifetime as a HS grad or not and it was nearly $700,000. In ten years, 80% of all jobs will require some edu- cation beyond high school. I believe that education is the backbone of America and we all need to support any initiatives that will enhance our processes. 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