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Jefferson Middle School

3001 Allis St.
Springfield, IL 62703

Read 5 Summer Program

May 19, 2016

Scholastic Book Fairs teamed up with Jefferson Middle School to support the district’s goal of encouraging students to read at least five books throughout the summer! Students participated in a Scholastic Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair in which students were able to receive a free book for each book purchased. Students chose books they were personally interested in reading for the first time since the Read 5 Summer Reading Initiative began and it was a huge success with students!

The Jefferson staff is encouraging you to have your daughter or son keep a log of the books they read this summer. Students will be recognized for their reading efforts the following school year if they turn in their reading logs in August.

Summer Reading Family Tips

1. Lead by example.
Read the newspaper at breakfast, pick up a magazine at the doctor's office, and stuff a paperback in your beach bag. If kids see the adults around them reading often, they will understand that reading can be a fun and important part of their summer days. Turn off the TV for some quiet reading time.

2. Talk it up.
Talking with your kids about what you have read also lets them know that reading is an important part of your life. Tell them why you liked a book or what you learned from a newspaper article. Soon they might start doing the same.

3. Help kids find time to read.
Summer camp, swimming, baseball games, and videos are all fun things kids like to do during the summer. However, by the end of the day, kids may be too tired to pick up a book. When planning summer activities with your children, remember to leave some time in their schedules for reading. Some convenient times may be before bedtime or over breakfast.

4. Relax the rules for summer.
During the school year, children have busy schedules and have required reading for classes. Summer is a time when children choose what and when they read. Don't set daily minute requirements or determine the number of pages they should read. Instead, make sure they pick up books for fun and help find ways for them to choose to read on their own.

5. Help your child select books at the right level.
A good way to decide whether your child is reading books at the right reading level is to have her read a from a page in the book that she has chosen (any page but the first page). If she is reading smoothly and understands what she is reading, the book is probably at a good level for her. If she makes five or more errors in a passage of about 50 words, the level may be too challenging.

6. Have plenty of reading material around.
Books aren't the only things that kids can read for fun. Be sure to have newspapers, magazines, and informational material on hand that might spark the interest of a reader.

7. Use books to break the boredom.
Without the regular school regimen, kids need more activities to fill the hours. Books or other reading materials that teach kids how to make or do something are a great way to get kids reading and keep them occupied. Don't forget to take your kids' favorite books along on road trips.

8. Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it.
Taking an interest in what your son or daughter is reading and having authentic discussions about the books builds interest, understanding, and relationships.

9. Read aloud with kids.
Take your children to see a local storyteller or be one yourself. The summer months leave extra time for enthusiastic read-alouds with children no matter what their age.