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                                                                                          June 2021

Dear First Grade Families,

Hardly a day passes when there isn’t an article in the newspaper about the literacy level of our children.  We are constantly being reminded through both formal research, reports from employers and everyday observations that our children are not spending enough time reading.  A recent article in the newspaper stated that television and video games must be turned off, books must be readily accessible and parents should read to or with their children every night if only for 15-20 minutes.
Research has consistently documented the importance of summer reading.  Summer is a perfect time to find books to read for pleasure.  Students who read recreationally during the summer have success when the new school year begins. Studies show that students who do not read during the summer show a significant loss over the summer break (SUMMER BRAIN DRAIN). On average, students who don’t engage in summer learning lose the equivalent of two months’ worth of grade-level math and reading skills, according to the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University.  The more you read, the easier it becomes.  As the data shows, spending just 20 minutes of reading time each day will make a dramatic difference in your child's success in the upcoming school year.

Attached please find a list of quality literature appropriate to your child’s age.  Why not set a goal of reading and rereading at least one book a week with your child?  (20 minutes daily)  Research indicates rereading improves fluency and comprehension.  Reading consistently over the summer is crucial to developing lifelong readers.  Remember, reading is a skill and it gets better with practice.  The books and authors on the list are suggestions only.

If the text of the book is too difficult for your child to read independently, a great idea is to read to your child repeatedly.  This will build confidence enough for the child to begin to read it with you or to join in on a repetitive part.  You as a reader are an excellent model as your child then sees reading as a part of everyday life.  It will teach them to love reading and understand its importance. My goal is to develop readers who not only can read, but who choose to read for enjoyment.

Help your child get a jump-start on first grade with lots of reading during the coming months and reap all of the benefits that reading has to offer!  Remember, entering 1st graders who sharpen reading skills during the summer have a real advantage. They gain months of progress and get a jump start on 1st grade. On the first day of school, they feel confident and motivated to succeed. 

Thank you for joining me in encouraging your child to discover the value and enjoyment in reading!  Have a wonderful, magical, and fun filled summer and I look forward to seeing you in September.
                                                                    Warmest regards,
                                                                    Mrs. Joanne Bauman

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Grade Suggested Summer Reading List

Hi Fly Guy – Arnold

Too Many Frogs – Asher

Berenstain Bears Series – Berenstain

Jan Brett Books – Brett

Clifford Books – Bridwell

Arthur Series- Brown

Trouble on the T- Ball Team – Bunting

Biscuit Series- Capucilli

First Graders are from Mars series – Corey

“I.Q.” series- Frasier

Corduroy chapter books – Freeman

“Iris and Walter” series- Guest

“Tacky the Penguin” series – Lester

Frog & Toad books – Lobel

“George & Martha” series – Marshall

“Little Bear” series- Minarik

Amelia Bedilia series- Parish

“Rainbow Fish” series – Pfister

“Henry & Mudge” series- Rylant

“Nate the Great” series- Sharmat

"Morris & Boris” series - Wiseman

Harry the Dirty Dog – Zion *

Dick and Jane series

Dr. Seuss

                         Carle, Eric

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