Our school hosted a Pajama Day Read-In to celebrate Read Across America Day, and boy did our kids have fun! Everyone in grades K-5 (and teachers and staff, too!) wore their pajamas to school, brought in a pillow and/or blanket, and spent the morning reading together. Here are some of the highlights!
Once again theonline version of this year’s bookis available from We Give Books, which is a wonderful site packed with e-versions of books for young readers. And the best part is, every time you share one of these great e-books with your students, you enable the Pearson Foundation to send physical books to organizations that support early childhood literacy. They have already donated over one million books to programs around the world!
We Give Books is a website that allows you to read books online for free! This amazing website has 150 booksavailable to read right on your computer!
And to make it even better, each time you read one of these eBooks, the Pearson Foundation will donate a book to a charity that provides free books for needy kids!
You’ll find some of your favorite picture book characters here, like Skippyjon Jones, Corduroy, Spot, and Ladybug Girl. There are also some non-fiction books to enjoy about big cats, caterpillars and butterflies, volcanoes, tornadoes, animal families, and more.
Break the cycle of illiteracy through education and outreach
Give books to approximately 7,000 school children in 35 schools
Provide literacy kits for 1,200 families
Educate families about the importance of reading at home
Empower families by giving them tools to raise life-long readers
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If The Reading Express is one of the top ten vote-getters, they the children of South Carolina win!
Our annual Flip Flop Book Swap began today in the ADE Library, and the students have been flocking in to participate! Kids have the opportunity to bring in any books from home that they don’t read anymore (making sure it’s okay with parents, of course) and trade them for books someone else brings in so that everybody gets something “new” and different to read this summer. We also sell books from the swap tables for just 25 or 50 cents each, for those who don’t have any books at home to trade.
I’m also sharing information with students this week about summer reading programs going on at the Sumter County Library, the McElveen Library at Shaw AFB, and Borders (Waldenbooks) in the mall here. (By the way, Barnes and Noble does a summer reading promotion, too, but we don’t have one here.) Everyone who brings me proof that they participated in a summer reading program (a reading log or certificate) will be invited to an ice cream sundae party in August when school starts back.
Students will also be taking home a Summer Reading Fun brochure that I created to help parents understand the importance of encouraging their children to keep reading over the summer. It includes lists of recommended reading, including next year’s South Carolina Children’s Book Award nominees.
I’m determined to help our students beat the summer slide! Have some other great summer resources to share? Leave a comment!
As summer vacation draws closer, teachers and parents begin to worry about the Summer Slide, which refers to the loss of skills kids suffer over the summer when they fail to engage in any learning activities.
Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slip backwards.
One way to interest students in reading over the summer is to lure them in with fun, online reading activities. Enter Reading Planet!
Kids do not have to register to use the site, but if they do join they get access to additional features like contests, an online reading log, and opinion polls. Many of these activities work great on an Interactive Whiteboard, too, so you can use them in your classroom. Happy reading!