On behalf of the English faculty at North Shore Middle School, I want to thank you for the opportunity to be partners in helping your children continue to foster their appreciation of reading this summer. Summer is a great time to emphasize the pleasure of reading whether at the beach, a park, on vacation, or at home.
Recreational reading can yield powerful results. Research confirms that the decline in children's reading development that can occur during summer vacation times is significant ("Summer Reading Loss." Reading Rockets. 07 Nov. 2013. 13 June 2019 http://www.readingrockets.org/article/summer-reading-loss). We, therefore, recommend that students aim to read for a half hour each day.
Our summer reading program aligns with the goals of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where students read regularly, reflect on author’s craft, and learn about themselves as readers. Consequently, we do not assign students specific titles, but rather offer them a choice from a menu of engaging books appropriate for their reading level. If we can help children find books that they care about and are within the appropriate range of textual complexity, we are confident that they will read more this summer. As your children leave for the summer, they should have ideas for at least two “just right’’ books and a list of questions to help them guide their reading experiences.
During the summer months, librarians at the Sea Cliff Library and the Gold Coast Library can provide expert assistance into choosing and accessing hard copies, digital options and audiobooks of the books that children love. We also encourage you to talk to your children about their reading experiences and model for them the joys of summer reading. In addition, over the summer, book lists will be uploaded onto the North Shore Middle School homepage.
In September, the middle school English teachers will prompt students to draw from their Summer Reading experiences to help prepare them for a yearlong sequence of individualized reading conferences tailored to help your child grow as a reader and thinker.
Director of Secondary English Language Arts
North Shore Schools