Dear Liberty Families,
It is that time of year when we take a break from school and enjoy the hot, lazy days of summer! While we are taking this well deserved break, it is so important to remember to read! Please sign up for the summer reading club at Nyack Public or Valley Cottage Public Library. The good news is, our students can sign up for both summer reading clubs because he or she is a student who attends the Nyack Public Schools. The students have learned all about what both libraries have in store for this summer. The theme this year is Oceans of Possibilities. Your child can also sign up for programs that focus all around this year’s theme! All programs are in person this summer!
Please consider these ten ways parents can support your child’s reading during the summer break. We do not want our children to fall behind in their reading skills they worked so hard on all year at school, also known as the summer slide. Studies have proven that children can fall back two letters in reading, if they do not exercise their brains over the summer and read! What does this mean? If your child is at a Fountas and Pinnell level of J, he or she could slide back to a level H if they do not take the opportunity to read over the summer break.
- Set a specific time for daily reading. By setting aside a specific time each day, it becomes a part of your child’s daily routine.
- Let your child see you reading! When children see you read, they want to read with you.
- Talk to your child about what they are reading. Letting your children know you are interested in what they are reading can be very motivating for them.
- Have a reading area. Make a special place in your home that is a reading nook.
- Visit your local libraries. Go and visit your local library regularly. Consider joining their summer reading club and sign up for some programs too!
- Reading to your child is so important. It is a great way to model fluency and enjoy a great book together.
- Have writing supplies available! Children love to jot down connections they make with the stories they read.
- Get audio books or listen to books online. Our local libraries have audio books available for children and adults. It can also be a nice change of pace to listen to and watch stories online.
- Start a book club! Your child may want to read the same book with some of their friends. Have them get together once or twice a week to talk about their book.
- CARRY BOOKS WITH YOU! Having books with you at all times is a great way to pass the time when you have a few unexpected minutes. Leave a box of books by your pool! You’d be surprised how many times a book will be picked up after enjoying some fun in the pool. So wrap that towel around your child and cozy up with a good book while warming up in the sun! (Of course make sure our hand are dry before enjoying that book!)
I hope you found these tips helpful! Sign up for the summer reading program at your public libraries starts on June 18th and ends August 13th!
Please click on the link below for additional information about Summer Reading. Here you will find a link to your students launch pad where he or she can access classlink. All students have also joined a Summer Reading Google Classroom where they can access usernames and passwords to summer ELA , reading and informational databases.
Nyack School District Summer Reading K-4 2022
Have a wonderful summer!
Mrs. Justine Ciorra
Library Media Specialist
Liberty Elementary School