You’ve worked hard throughout the year to help your readers grow and fall in love with reading. It’s time to start thinking about how you can prevent that summer slide and keep your students reading all summer long. Consider these tips for getting your kids pumped for some summer reading fun:
Recommend some Big Universe titles-With your 12-month subscription, your students will continue to have access to thousands of amazing titles all summer long. Take some time in these final weeks of the school year to showcase some of the great titles in the BU collection. Have them complete a Top Ten List of books that they’re interested in and e-mail or send it home with them before the end of the school year so they can check those off throughout the summer.Introduce them to a great series-Series books are fun for all, but are especially great for some of your more reluctant readers. They often offer a predictable framework of characters, settings, or text features that help support struggling readers with comprehension, but are still varied enough to keep them engaged. The Big Universe collection offers a number of great fiction and nonfiction series books for readers at a variety of levels.Give them a way to share-Create a way for your readers to share all the great reading they’re doing with you throughout the summer. Consider creating a blog or, for older students, a Facebook page where they can log on and give a virtual book talk. Or, give students a few stamped postcard sized note cards that they can decorate with a picture from a book they’ve read and write out a short message to you about their book. Address them with the school’s address and plan on hanging them on your bulletin board in the fall. This is a great way to encourage your kids to do some summer reading and writing and you’ll have your first classroom bulletin board all set in the fall!Showcase your local library programs-Many communities are fortunate enough to have outstanding public libraries. Reach out to your local library’s children’s librarian to see what programs are offered. If possible, invite the librarian to your classroom to speak to the kids about what summer programs they offer, what exciting new book titles are available, and what fun opportunities they can enjoy in air-conditioned comfort on those hot or rainy summer afternoons!These are just a few ideas for how to keep your readers on the right track during summer break. Do you have some ideas for engaging readers during the summer months? We’d love to hear them! Please consider posting in the comments section below.