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The children's area was brightly decorated with lots of posters of popular children's books and slogans encouraging reading. What drew my attention, however, was the large, leather beanbag chair in the shape of a catcher's mitt that sat in the corner and held approximately 12 children.
It was a wonderful place to gather books and lounge while discovering the joy of reading. I was thrilled the day I asked the librarian, "How many books am I allowed to take out? Although I wasn't very good at solving the mysteries, I sure enjoyed reading them!
Libraries today have changed in a number of ways to meet the demands of our modern society, but one of their most important underlying purposes is still to help children discover the joy of reading.
Throughout the summer, many local libraries advertise special summer reading programs and activities to keep children enthusiastic about reading. Here is some general information about summer reading programs, as well as ways those programs can support English language learners.
Importance of summer reading Research supports the importance of summer reading and learning as a means to support academic progress and narrow the achievement gap.
Harris Cooper finding that while all kids lose some math skills over the summer, " l ow-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains Cooper, Cooper's team speculated that middle- and upper-class families are more likely to have access to a variety of sources of summer enrichment, both Teachers college reading and writing project book lists a personal and community level better school summer programs, acceleration programs, etc.
Nevertheless, access isn't enough, argues another researcher. James Kim conducted a study in which kids were given books without any kind of guidance or interaction around reading; the team found that by the end of the summer, their reading skills were no better than kids who did nothing during the summer.
As they continued their research, Dr. Kim's team found that when students had increased access to books combined with an opportunity to interact with adults while reading — summarizing a story, re-reading a difficult passage, talking about characters — students showed a significant improvement in reading skills such as comprehension over the summer Interview with Dr.
In thinking about how these findings relate to ELLs, it's important to remember that ELLs who may not have access to high-quality summer learning opportunities at their schools especially as many summer school programs are cut in difficult economic times can benefit from participating in free summer reading programs at the library, particularly those that involve mentors, group discussions, or related activities.
In addition, becoming familiar with all that the library has to offer over the summer will provide ELLs with important academic skills they can use during the school year, as well as giving them chance to discover the joys of reading and the important services our public libraries provide.
Library summer reading programs Many libraries kick off a summer reading program that involves children registering as part of the program and receiving a "reading log" and perhaps some other small gifts, such as bookmarks and pencils. Children are encouraged to read as much as possible and enter the names of the books in their log to be turned in at the end of summer for a prize.
In my experience this hasn't been a strict competition, but rather a chance to offer praise and recognition for a child's dedication to reading over the summer. I believe my own children lost their reading logs and the kind librarian let them "fill in" the books they remembered reading that summer in order to get a certificate and prize.
The hot links section has links to library system websites from many of the larger cities across the nation. If you don't see your local library system listed, please take a moment to search for your library's website and explore the resources available to help your students discover the joys of summer reading.
Your state may also have statewide summer reading program that local libraries are part of, such as these programs in Texas and New York. Summer reading and ELLs Libraries offer all kinds of resources and opportunities to ELLs and their families, but many families may not know about the kinds of services and programs that libraries offer.
In order to increase participation in summer reading programs, it may be helpful to take a field trip to the library during or near the end of the school year or invite a librarian to visit the classroom so that the librarian can introduce the summer reading program to students.
The librarian can explain what the summer reading program involves, how to sign up, and other library activities that students will have access to during the summer. When summer arrives, student will feel more comfortable asking for information and signing up for the program if they have some background knowledge!
While the lists may not fit other districts' curriculum guidelines, they offer some great recommendations of books. Check the hot links for a great example of an ELL summer reading list.
Parents and families Just as ELLs may not know what the library has in store, their families may not as well. One option is to take a family field trip to the library as part of Parent Night so that parents and children can explore the library and ask questions together, sign up for library cards, take tours of different sections such as the computer room or Spanish-language books areaand watch a demonstration of a book checkout.
While this is a great activity at the beginning of the school year, it can also be a wonderful activity before the summer or during summer school as a reminder of ways that the family can continue encouraging learning in the home when school is out.Teachers College Reading and Writing Project classroom library for grades K–8.
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The Project's ideas are foundational to literacy instruction across the globe. Library summer reading programs. Many libraries kick off a summer reading program that involves children registering as part of the program and receiving a "reading log" and perhaps some other small gifts, such as bookmarks and pencils.
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