Creating a Summer Action Plan
Below you will find parent resource information sheets and informative blog posts. Please feel free to download and print the PDF versions of the information sheets.
Check back soon for more information sheets!
- Boys and Reading: Tips for Making Reading “Boy Friendly” (a guest blog post on The Children’s Book Review)
- Real World Reading: Introducing Nonfiction into the Lives of Preschoolers (a guest blog post on No Time for Flash Cards)
- Five Ways to Raise a Reader (a guest blog post on Big Universe)
- Blog post Boys and Competitive Reading at Getting Boys to Read. (Suggestions Dawn made regarding boys and reading are mentioned!)
- Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books blog is featured on Great Minds Thinking Alike: Sites for Teaching Using Picture Books on the blog Teach with Picture Books written by Keith Schoch
- All It Took Was Just 1 Book – (guest post on teachmama)
- Seriously Fun Writing with Kids (guest post on Imagination Soup)
- Book Dads – A site dedicated to dads and books. Chris Singer (editor and site manager) and site contributors provide book reviews, a weekly podcast, reading resources, and reading challenges. Male readers need male role models (see the Fathers and Sons information sheet above) and this site is a fantastic resource to help dads become positive, reading role models for their children.
- PBS Parents – A bookfinder, articles on content areas, and reading tips are just a few of the resources found on this sister site to PBS Teachers.
- Read, Write, Think – Brought to you by the International Reading Association, National Council for Teachers of English, and Thinkfinity, this all inclusive site provides lesson plans, fun activities, and book suggestions for kids when they are out of school.
- Scholastic Parents – The publishing giant provides articles on child development, activities, videos of book trailers, kid websites, and book lists.
- 7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It! – The result of cutting-edge research, this book gives parents practical, thoughtful advice about the seven simple thinking strategies that proficient readers use. This is the “sister” book to Strategies That Work or Mosaic of Thought (see Educator Resources).
- How to Get Your Child to Love Reading: For Ravenous and Reluctant Readers Alike – This is a huge, indispensable volume designed to help parents get their kids excited about reading. There are hundreds of easy and inventive ideas, innovative projects, creative activities, and inspiring suggestions that have been shared, tried, and proven with children from birth through eighth grade.
- The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition Jim Trelease uses his trademark Q&A format to address such issues as television, library funding and the Harry Potter phenomenon. A “Treasury of Read-Alouds” in the back of the book suggests starting points for parents.
- Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever In this introduction for parents about reading aloud to their children, Fox explains that babies are born learners, discusses the importance of books in the home, and stresses the value of a read-aloud ritual. She also includes a chapter on how to read aloud, which novice readers will find useful.