10 Tips to Success: Book Lovers Keep Reading All Summer Long!
Powerful kindergarten literacy gains can easily be lost over the summer, especially by our emerging readers and writers who are still building foundational literacy skills. Wise kindergarten teachers have developed strategies to continue supporting family reading fun over the summer. Read about 10 of our best strategies!
1. Create a culture of kindergarten book lovers: Reading is Fun!
We know how to create a kindergarten of book lovers! All year long children interact with quality fiction and nonfiction, Read and Sing Books, and poems, songs, and rhymes—all worth remembering.
During the last week of school, we invite children to recite the rhyme “Reading Is Fun” and once again and we brainstorm where they will read this summer (in their bed…under a tree…at the beach…at the library). Make a list of amazing places for reading!
Children can illustrate their favorite places to read on the final “Reading Is Fun” page of their “I Can Read” Anthology Notebook. They have learned to be book lovers who know:
…The more you read, the better you read, so read, read, read!
- See Free September Songs and Poems to Begin On for Reading is Fun PDF.
2. Open the school library one morning a week all summer long: Work with parents and staff volunteers to make family reading a summer priority!
Establish a school-wide summer reading program. Make your summer reading program a high-priority commitment!
3. Give children an I Am A Book Lover: Summer Reading Log
Expect families to RECORD all of the books they read and reread during the summer. Students proudly bring the form back in September. (Some prolific readers may want to take 4 pages! Let them.) Each child can return this reading log to their first grade teacher in the fall: Hurray for prolific readers! Have a school celebration of book lovers. Download our Summer Reading Log
4. Give students a collection of your favorite Nellie Edge Read And Sing Little Books
Store Nellie Edge Read and Sing Little Books™ in a zippered pouch in the back of student “I Can Read” Notebooks or in student book boxes. Practice independent reading skills. Reread these books during the last week of school.
These colored little books are free to download.
7. Remind families to reread and recite the memorable poems, songs, poems, and rhymes from their child’s "I Can Read" Anthology Notebook pages.
Children will continue to gain reading fluency as they delight in the rhythm, rhyme, and wondrous sounds of language.
8. Ask each child or family to carefully print two self-addressed envelopes or postcards.
During the summer, write to the child. In return, the child is given two addressed envelopes or postcards so he or she can write to their teacher. Children love to send and receive mail. This will encourage them to continue their passion for reading, drawing, and “Kid Writing” all summer long.
9. Give each child a blank drawing/writing book to use as a Science Journal or Summer Writing Book.
This is a lovely way to send children out the door after your end-of-year celebration. Each kindergartner receives an award, a hug, and two summer journals. Blank books are available from barebooks.com or at the Dollar Store.
Encourage each child to verbalize their summer reading goals and learning projects during the last week of school…“This summer, I want to learn about…”
“Happy summer reading to a boy who loves books!” (Scholastic Book Club has GREAT prices on quality books: Save a few extra copies every month.)
Research Consistently Shows That Giving Children Choice and Access to Books Enhances Reading Achievement over the Summer
Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap by Richard Allington (2012)
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