> The Things You Can Read: Summer Literacy Challenge!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer Literacy Challenge!

Summer Literacy Challenge!
For most parents, it's a challenge to keep kids reading and writing all summer. Suddenly 10 weeks of summer can feel like a very long time! We've got a summer literacy challenge for you and your child. It's modest enough to be manageable — pick just one thing a week to kick start your week's literacy adventures. But it's also challenging enough to include a wide range of literacy fun for the whole family.-Reading Rockets

Read the full article at Reading Rockets.  Here are some ideas mentioned that will make for some fun learning over the summer:
  • Investigate your public library's summer reading program
  • Listen up! Audiobooks are a great way to engage readers and can introduce students to books above their reading level-Speakaboos.com, offers free audio books for children.
  • Make your own audio book!
  • Go wordless. Wordless picture books are told entirely through their illustrations.
  • Visit a museum, online! You'll be surprised by how much you can explore without leaving your house. One example is the Smithsonian Institution Kids site.
  • Pack in a whole adventure! Find FREE themed reading adventure packs that encourage hands-on fun and learning, centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books. Visit the Reading Rockets Adventure Pack page. 
  • Point, shoot, and write.
  • Explore author interviews from over 100 authors on Reading Rockets Author Interview page.
  • Write it down. Encourage your child to keep a simple journal or summer diary.
Let us know if you try any of these over the next few weeks.  We'd love to know how they worked out for you!

Happy Reading
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