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Summer Reading

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Reading during the summer helps children strengthen their literacy skills and be ready for the start of school in September.

Elementary students encouraged to read 2-4 books this summer

Literacy experts have long encouraged students to read during the summer because it reinforces literacy skills developed throughout the school year. Reading for enjoyment is a practice that helps children increase their vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. It is extremely important for all students to read over the summer, particularly students receiving Academic Intervention Services (AIS). Students who read regularly during the summer often improve their reading level and ability!

WES students can start strong in the fall with summer reading. Before returning to school in September all students should read 2-4 books of their choice. The books should be at the student’s appropriate reading level. Since our goal is to keep students reading over the summer, and support a love of reading, students and families are free to choose an appropriate selection.

Upon returning to school in September, students will be asked to share their summer reading experience with their teacher and classmates. The format of the in-class discussion will vary from teacher to teacher. Students may use a graphic organizer to keep track of summer reading. It will help them remember details and “hold their thinking.” Some tips to help you encourage your children to read this summer are available here. These reading suggestions were established in partnership with the New York State Library system.

In addition, the Watervliet Public Library is currently offering a Summer Reading Program. Students who track the minutes they read from now through August 18 are eligible to win a prize for every four hours they spend reading. Summer Reading participants also receive a raffle ticket for the grand prize drawing. Register for the summer reading program here. The public library is a great place to borrow new books to read, get recommendations and help establish a love for reading.

Enjoy summer reading as a family; promote creativity, engagement, and fun with books! It is our hope that students will be able to set aside time each day to help establish a “reading habit,” which we at WES try to nurture during the school year. Thank you for continued support in the education of your child!

Happy Summer,

The Watervliet Elementary School Reading Department

Download a copy of the summer reading letter