Mrs. Judy Araujo, one of the Reading Specialists at Northeast Elementary School, has a reading website that parents may find helpful, especially over the summer months. Please visit it at: http://www.mrsjudyaraujo.com. On Mrs. Araujo’s home page you will find 3 Live Binders of online interactive reading activities, phonics, word games, and more to keep your PreK-5 child learning. Under the “Parents” menu, you will see links to sight words, grade level reading expectations, leveled book lists to find just right books, and so much more!
The ONLY way your child will become a better reader is through lots and lots of daily reading at his/her just right level. Reading is a skill that can only be improved with practice. Professional athletes and musicians practice their skills hours and hours a day ~ reading is no different!
Research shows that a child who does not read over the summer can lose 3 months of reading progress, and those who DO read over the summer can GAIN 3 months of reading progress (Allington, 2014). It is critical to make reading part of your daily summer routine.
Research also shows that reluctant or struggling readers read far less than their grade level peers because they are always asked to read aloud (Allington, 2014). Reading aloud slows reading speed and it can be very tiring as well. Please listen to your child read aloud and reread for fluency and accuracy if need be, but also encourage lots of silent reading time so more words are read. Discuss with your child the books that he/she reads. Make reading fun!