Why is it important for kids to read during the summer?
Any skills we have that we don't use, tend to lessen over time. How many people start to lose muscle and tone when they stop working out? It is also hard to get back into the routine if we stopexercising for too long. Many of our younger readers are still getting new "soundsletter combinations and words" into their "brain muscles". Without a chance to use those "reading muscles" the strength theyhad developed starts to go away. Reading 30 minutes a day, 5 days each week, over the summer is equal to about 20 days of reading class. Back to Top
Does reading need to be done in one 30 minute setting?
No, reading for short periods throughout the day is great! Tenminutes here and there can easily add up to more than 30 minutes of reading a day!Back to Top
What should my student read over the summer?
Anything you can get them to read!Is your child interested in sport? fashion? comic books? video games? travel? animals? movies? Then have them read about what they love. There are lots of maga-zines,books, newspapers, websites, and more about things kids love.Sometimes, reading from the computer doesn't feel like "reading"to kids, it's just computer time. Or reading the comics in the news-paper is fun.Back to Top
Where can I get reading materials?
The Lakewood Library! Free books, audio books, DVDs, magazines toread and enjoy.It's fun to get books and the audio book to go together so you can read and hear a story.Back to Top
How can I motivate my child to read?
One way is to have them earn TV, video game, computer time by read-ing. 30 minutes of reading equals 30 minutes of TV.Another way is the Lakewood Library summer reading program. Kids canearn prizes for reading and visiting the library over the summer.Back to Top
What about math?
Have your child help you figure out the cost of things over the sum-mer. Have them help you count items for a picnic. Have them compareprices at the grocery store.Talk to your child about how you use math everyday. "10 gallons of gas will cost about $38 because I multiplied 10 x $3.79." Explainhow you estimate cost, "$3.79 is close to 3.80 or $4.00"Back to Top
Count count count
Kindergarten/1st grade -- count by ones, count backward from 20, count by 10s, 5s, 2s.2nd/3rd -- count in the hundreds and thousands, count by 3s, 4s, 6s,etc.4th/5th -- count by different multiples...7,14,21,28,35...etcBack to Top
Kindergarten/1st - work on number recognition. Match written numbers(numerals) to amounts (7 to seven crackers)2nd/3rd -- work on basic addition and subtraction facts up to 20until they are automatic (you don't have to count on your fingers toknow the answer)4th/5th -- work on multiplication facts up to 10 x 10. Learn the division facts that match the multiplication facts. After all,division is the opposite of multiplication!Back to Top
What are other ways to learn?
Children learn a lot from observing things!Go to the park and observe the trees. Go to the beach, discover shells and rocks. Go to the zoo, nature center, library events, mus-eums. When you travel, have your child identify where you are on themap. Collect brochures to read about places to go in our area.Back to Top
What about physical activity?
Summer is a great time to be active! Go for walks, ride bikes, swim,hike, play sports, play tag in the park, run and climb at the play-ground. Back to Top