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Becky Tate
As your children are home for the summer, it would be great for them to have many opportunities to read and write and carry on the school work we've done this year.  Below are just a few ideas for summer learning.   
Please encourage your child to read and write in authentic situations at home to support the work we have done in the classroom.  


*a grocery list

*a letter or email to a friend

*a journal about a vacation or daily events

*signs for a play or lemonade stand



*sight words with sidewalk chalk, shaving cream, pudding, yogurt or anything fun



*listen to a good book

*help read the grocery list at the store

*help read mail from family members

*story hour at the library

*keep some familiar books in the car your child can read by himself

*create a video tape or audio tape of your child reading to send to family members

We have worked hard to become independent problem solvers. Below are a few strategies that you can use to help your child when he comes to a problem when reading.

1. Look at the picture and think about what makes sense.

2. Say the first sound of the unknown word and try a word that makes sense.

3. Look for the parts you know or another word that looks similar to help you figure it out.

4. Go back and reread the sentence to get the meaning of the story in your head and make a meaningful attempt.


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