• Have fun making up silly stories together this summer! Give your child a story starter and have them finish it. Give them time to develop a story and then repeat it together. Then you can take a turn having them make up a starter to a silly story while you finish it.
• Examples of story starters:
o An elephant walked into my backyard and…
o A magician was my babysitter for the night and we…
o Batman came to my birthday party and we…
o Cinderella and I met at the park and we…
o I came to school to find a dinosaur in the playground and…
• Tips for Preventing the Summer Slide:
o Studies show children who do not read or have access to books during the summer lose up to 2 MONTHS of reading performance!! Help prevent the summer slide and give your child the opportunity for reading growth over the summer:
Visit your local library
Have your child read at least 20 minutes EVERY day
Set a good example by reading in front of your child
Read with your child EVERY day; reading stories to/with them helps them understand new words and develop a love of reading
Play word games together to work on reading and spelling words. Try www.abcya.com sight word bingo and submarine spelling practice (sight words)
• Have fun writing down answers to silly questions related to the months of July/August
• Sample Questions:
o Do you enjoy fireworks? Why or why not?
o On the perfect summer vacation where would you go and what would you do?
o Would you rather spend the day at the beach or at a water park? Why?
o It was a rainy summer day when all of a sudden I heard a strange noise and…