Lipscomb Academy Summer Reading Program
At LAES, our philosophy is that children need free time in the summer to relax and enjoy the pleasures of childhood. However, the research is clear , without practice, students lose reading skills over the summer months, especially reluctant readers, and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect.
We have two distinct reading goals for your child this summer. The first is to continue building their reading stamina. Reading stamina is a child's ability to focus and read independently for periods of time, depending on their age, without being distracted or without distracting others. The second is simply to foster the love of reading.
Just Right Reading Level:
In the summer, students need to read on their independent reading level. This means they should read a book that is not "too hard" and not "too easy," but instead are "just right". One way to check for a “just right” book is to practice the Five Finger rule:
- Choose a book that you think you will enjoy.
- Read the second page.
- Hold up a finger for each word you are not sure of, or do not know.
- If there are five or more words you did not know, you should choose an easier book.
The following are a few tips to make reading enjoyable for your children this summer:
1. Read aloud together with your child every day. Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.
2. Set a good example! Parents must be willing to model behavior for their children. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.
3. Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it. This is the way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity for thought and insight.
4. Let kids choose what they want to read, and don't turn your nose up at popular fiction. It will only discourage the reading habit.
5. Buy books on tape, especially for reluctant readers. Listen to them in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together.
6. Take your children to the library regularly. Most libraries sponsor summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for preschool and school-age children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading.