The Reading Pad

Summer of 2008 Volume 1, Issue 1

Avoid Summer Meltdowns
Summer is upon us and it is time for children to trade their books for fishing poles and back packs for beach bags. No more bus rides to school, now its bike rides to
Contents
Avoid Summer Meltdowns 1

What Experts Say About Learning Loss Upcoming Events Better Than the Movie Life Imitates Art Clean Getaway Brainstemulation The Library People Who Care Frogs Love the Web Work Cited About the Author 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4

anywhere. They no longer want a drink of water they want a drink of life. Freedom is a child’s best friend, but can also lead to Summer time meltdowns. Kids and even parents don’t realize how much of their knowledge can be lost or even forgotten without proper mental exercise. This newsletters purpose is to give parents or

guardians resources and tools that will help prevent Summer time learning loss. Some suggestions require more time and commitment than others, but all focus on our goal, forming readers. Remember the easiest way to keep your child’s brain stimulated is reading. With the suggestions listed in this news letter you will be able to develop a plan that will keep your child’s summer fun and rewarding.

What Expert Say About Learning Loss
Dr. Ruth Peters in conjunction with Ron Fairchild put together a wonderful article containing statistics on learning loss as well as prevention methods. Please visit the following web page, www.msnbc.msn.com/id/1338881 7/, it is sure to give you valuable tips for your children. Here is another excellent article written by the wonderful people at RIF, Reading is Fundamental, www.rif.org/educators/articles/p rimeronSummerLearningLoss. mspx. This article list the problems students face over the summer, as well as current interventions and new directions to avoid learning

Upcoming Events
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Event One Event Two Event Three

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Feeling Froggy

School Newsletter

Better Than the Movie
Children love to go to the movies during the summer and adults love to say the book was better than the movie. Well here is chance to do a little of both. The following are great children’s titles that were made into movies, read these books with your child and then watch it, see what they think is better!  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia, written by C.S. Lewis. Find out which one has the biggest roar.  Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling. Potter makes for exciting reading and viewing, but I “wander” which is better? Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Get on board and find out which one your child finds more entertaining.

Life Imitates Art
Make connections with your child through reading.

Read these titles to your children and then follow their lead. Getting your children to connect their reading with their lives is a wonderful way to motivate them.  Fishing In the Air, by Sharon Creech. Take your child fishing after reading this book and you’ll both be hooked. Kites: Magic Wishes That Fly Up

to the Sky, by Demi. Introduce children to the wonder of kites and the joy of heights.  On the Way to the Beach, by Henry Cole. Read this book and then find out what comes up when you go to the beach.

“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth”
Diogenes Laertius

Clean Getaway
These titles allow your children to see the humor and the value in doing their chores and being cooperative.  Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon!, by Pat Cummings. Harvey can’t watch T.V. until his room is clean or appears that way. Trashy Town, by Andrea Zimmerman. It is better to do your job with a smile then a frown.  Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion. This book will teach your kids the value of washing up. Don’t Need Friends, Carolyn Crimi. Attitudes are the last things students need to have, this book shows the value of cooperation.

Brainstemulation
These stories will help your child maintain scholastic levels and still keep them smiling.  Math-Terpieces: The Art of Problem Solving, by Greg Tang. Mix art and with math what do you got. Sm-art! One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale, by Demi. Teaches kids the value of doubling or multiplication with a little morality sprinkled in.  The Scrambled States of America, by Laurie Keller. Teach geography at home over the summer. Mad Libs. Not your stand literary classic, but allows children to be expressive. Make sure you point out punctuation and grammar to take full advantage of these fun books

School Newsletter

Home Away From Home

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The Library
For those of us that are not familiar with the library, please take the time to introduce yourself. This place is like an imaginary friend, that’s not imaginary. You can check out movies, books, audio, books, and use the computer. They have adult programs, teen programs, kids programs, and family programs. Plus, they have homework assistance, PC training, and multicultural programs. And the part that makes me jump for joy is, it’s all free. No other place on earth offers so many activities for free. Furthermore, these are not activities that kill time. They are enriching and valuable to you and your children. The Lee County Library system is one of the best in the state of Florida and deserves all the attention we can give it. If you would like more information please visit their website at the following address: www.lee-county.com/library/

People Who Care
Often times for parents and guardians it seems there isn’t enough time in the day to complete all that has to be done. However, for young children time is all they have and can’t wait to start their next adventure. We must try to make sure reading and education is part of that adventure. Here is a list of web sites that will help ensure everyone’s is getting the most out of their time.  Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement: This group offers information on the most effective strategies for young readers, www.ciera.org/ This next page is an article written by a representative for about.com. It offers ways for you to start a reading routine. http://specialchildren.about.com/ od/learningissues/ht/read.htm

FROG’s Love the Web
The following are websites focus on making your child’s reading as interactive as possible. Some offer rewards, but all offer fun.  Bookadventure.org: Offers interactive reading games and rewards for students from K-8. Bookpals.net/storyline/: This site contains actors and actresses that read children’s stories out  loud.  Teacher.scholastic.com: This site offers a world of interactive opportunity for young readers. Be sure to check out Clifford, which can be read in both English and Spanish. Roythezebra.com: Roy offers reading games and guided reading activities to help all developing readers.

Work Cited
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Reading Pad was created by James Patnode Phone: (555) 555-0125 Fax: (555) 555-0145 E-mail: jdpatnod.eagle.fgcu.edu

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About the Author
James Patnode was born in Fort Myers, Florida and has lived here most of his life. He has a deep admiration for educators and their supporters and is always looking for creative ways to get children involved in their own education. The Reading Pad was developed as a place student’s can feel comfortable reading and learning. It is his goal to get all parents to set up a reading pad at their home so their child’s education can continue outside the classroom.

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