ways to stay connected across the summer.
This year I have been working with students in first and second grade who need additional reading support in their classrooms. I still wanted to be able to prepare students for summer reading and have these important end of year conversations, but I knew this year it would have to be different.
Here are a few ways I tried to build summer reading conversations in our school community:
Parent Information Meeting: To help parents to hear about new book titles, ways to keep their children reading across the summer, and to share other information, I invited parents to school to hear more about summer reading. The ELL teacher and our media specialist jumped in to help. We offered two different times for parents in hopes of making it possible for more parents to attend. Key discussion topics included: getting kids excited about summer reading, places to find books, ways to connect with other readers, using our reading website for updated information across the summer and strategies for supporting young readers.
Our Summer Hub: Since going digital, I've kept a hub at Weebly for my classroom. When I moved to a reading support position, I knew I wanted to continue this. For summer, I updated the hub, merelyreading.weebly.com, with information for parents and pages for students. I wanted parents to know how to access these resources so we spent some time going through the site.
My Grandma's a Ninja by Todd Tarpley.
You have to love being able to spend the last days of the school year spreading reading love everywhere you go.