Summer Reading Programs

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Paws to Read Summer Reading ProgramOxford students have been reading up a storm all year. Students in all of the grades have been reading fiction and nonfiction, and hearing great read alouds by their teacher. As summer approaches, we are hoping you will make a plan with your student to keep them reading all summer long.

A “Summer Reading Log” came home with your child. If they complete it, and turn it in the first week back in August, they will be invited to a special “Summer Reader” pizza lunch. The Berkeley Public Library also has a wonderful summer reading program with lots of prize incentives.

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Prevent the “Summer Slide”

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As summer approaches, we want to encourage the children to continue some academic work over the summer. According to a report released by the Rand Corporation in June 2011,

“Students can return to school in the fall at least a month behind, on average, where they were in the spring, but high-quality summer programs can help combat this summer learning loss.”

Below are articles from the KQED Blog “Mindshift” that provide some additional information and suggestions to prevent the “summer slide”:

Nonfiction for Kids: 2 Great Blogs

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From the PTA Grants Committee’s Niki Laddish, who is a children’s publishing maven, come…

2 great online recs for finding kids’ nonfiction:

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  • Nonfiction Monday: Bloggers across the kidlitosphere celebrate Nonfiction Monday by writing about nonfiction books for kids on Monday.
  • The Nonfiction Detectives: Two intrepid librarians review the best nonfiction books for children.

Happy reading!

Great Kid Books Blog

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greatkidbooks.blogspot.comCheck out the Great Kid Books blog by Emerson Elementary‘s librarian Mary Ann Scheuer.

Ms. Scheuer’s many great posts help connect you and your family with great books for kids ages 4 to 14, as well as other related online resources (e.g. about the Common Core).