Summer reading key for students

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

With the school year coming to an end, it is important to know how to keep your student from suffering from summer learning loss.

Bloomfield Elementary School Principal Mary Jane Vandeventer and Linton-Stockton Elementary School Principal Kent Brewer highly suggested that students spend a lot of time reading throughout the summer.

"As a matter of fact, on the announcements this morning I challenged the students to read 10 books over the summer. That is about one book a week," Vandeventer said.

Spending 10 to 15 minutes a day reading will not seem excessive to the child, but will still keep them thinking.

Vandeventer also suggested that parents play educational games in the car or while in the garden. For example, practice math facts in the car by asking the student to solve an equation. Also, while in the garden you could ask the student how many weeds could be picked up in three rows.

"The biggest thing is reading over the summer, if they do that then they will be ready for school to start back in the fall," Vandeventer said.

Brewer said parents should involve the student in their conversations.

"Parents can have conversations with students about stuff they see, and introduce them to a new vocabulary. If they keep it up, the students will be ready for the next school year," he said.

Both teachers also suggested that the students participate in the local reading programs over the summer.

Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library will have a reading program throughout the summer that will be beneficial to students in the area.

The program is entitled "One World, Many Stories," and registration will be May 27. In June, kindergarten students will have story time on Thursdays, and children in grades 1 through 5 will have programs on Tuesday afternoons.

For more information you can reach Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library at 384-4125.

Linton Public Library has a schedule of reading programs and other programs designed to keep students educated.

There will be summer reading programs for people of all ages, including kids, teenagers and adults.

With the shared title "One World, Many Stories," the Linton Public Library will begin registration for the summer reading program on June 1. The program will be split up for children in kindergarten through second grade and third grade through fifth grade.

For more information you can reach the Linton Public Library at 847-7802.

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