Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
We are hoping you are enjoying the start of your summer! In our last post we listed a few reading programs we found helpful and illuminating to keep you reading all summer long. Here is one more program from Scholastic Books that we just discovered!
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1. Write a letter to someone you love about what you plan to do this summer. Don't forget the FIVE parts of a letter: Heading, Greeting, Body, Closing, and Your Signature.
2. Make your own observations. Save a seed from any kind of fruit you eat, such as a watermelon, an apple or a pear. Give it a few days to dry. Plant the seed in a cup of soil. Place it in the sun and water it daily. What changes do you see happening? Write them down or draw them out.
1. What did the boy first notice was changing in his mom?
2. Why did the boy think the mom was growing a watermelon in her belly?
3. List 3 observations the boy made about his Momma's belly that he wrote his Grandma about?
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As always, I look forward to watching the glow grow brighter with the many
Friday, June 5, 2009
Summer is upon us! It is a time to relax, regroup, and re-energize. One great way to do that is by reading! Click here to read an article with some great tips on how to keep kids reading from the first day of summer vacation all they way through the first day of the new school year.
There are many valuable resources on the web that encourage reading and comprehension. One of our favorites at Night Light Stories is CAST's Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Book Builder! Use this site to create, read, and share engaging digital books that build reading skills for students.
There are also reading programs running all summer long that are free and plentiful. Below, I have listed just a few that I found that have some valuable resources. Check your local library for any such events happening in your area. Feel free to post them on the blog to share with others. Summer reading is important to keep every imagination illuminated. Happy reading and listening!
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program
Kids can earn a free book when they read 8 books this summer. Simply visit the site, download the reading journal and earn your way to a free book by reading. Eligible to children in grade levels 1-6. They also have a wonderful list of children's books to check out this summer.
New York State Summer Reading Program
New York State has a creative summer reading program to keep kids reading all summer long.
Loudoun County Library Reading Program
Loudoun County Public Library in Loudoun County, Virginia also has a fantastic reading program. There are many imaginative activities and useful resources for all ages.
(The image above is used with permission from Loudoun County's Public Library.)
Jefferson County Library Reading Program
The website for the summer reading program in Jefferson County, MO has interactive websites for kids and summer reading suggestions for all ages.
As always, keep the glow growing brigher with the many stories we can share together.
Monday, June 1, 2009
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