There’s Never Been a Better Time to Read This Summer

According to the National Reading Panel, the more students read, the better their fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Reading is the key to future success, and summer reading is instrumental to that success. Students lose literacy skills when they don’t read during the summer. Summer reading keeps literacy skills front and center for the coming school year.

“The practice of reading and learning to love good books during the summer gives us the opportunity to extend the school year,” said Regina Renaldi, Assistant Superintendent Area 3 & Priority Programs.

Summer reading helps students stay connected and engaged with the written word. Reading is a lifelong pursuit and learning to love good books is just part of the equation.

Online Resource Bank Gives Readers Access to Thousands of Books

The myON digital literacy program gives students access to more than 6,000 digital books at all reading levels – anytime, anywhere with real-time reporting and embedded reading tools that include annotation, vocabulary and highlighting. With fiction and nonfiction books, picture books, graphic novels, Spanish and bilingual titles and titles for struggling readers, myON provides content to draw readers in and keep them motivated to read more.

“We have a custom collection of online books built for us by myOn – books that support our curriculum with high interest titles that really encourage students to read during the summer and beyond,” said Kerin McClure, Language Arts Coordinator, St. Vrain Valley Schools.

Parents Instrumental in Reading Success

Parents and families play a major role in reading success. To support summer reading, parents can read together with their children and combine activities with reading. If you’re going on a hike or taking in a baseball game, kids can read about the hike or a famous baseball player.

Additionally, parents can schedule time for reading not just books, but magazines, brochures and craft books. Some neighborhoods even share books and schedule book clubs to read together and understand all that they’ve read.

Mead Elementary School Wins myON Reading Challenges Districtwide

Mead Elementary is a repeat winner of the myOn Reading Challenge. They won Summer Break of 2014, Thanksgiving Break 2014, Christmas Break 2014 and Spring Break 2015 with hopes of winning this summer’s reading challenge.

The school has been awarded over $10,000 for their reading skills with the money won reinvested in nonfiction books for every grade level that match science and social studies curriculum standards.

“During the summer, it’s all about making time to read. And it’s easier than ever with myON. Students determine where, when and how they’ll read without time limitations,” said Betsy Porter, Principal, Mead Elementary School.

myON provides data on number and type of books opened and read; time spent reading, completion of book quizzes – data that lets teachers and administrators track students’ reading activity and growth.

SVVSD Digital Library Available 24/7

Another resource available to middle and high school summer readers is St. Vrain Valley Schools' digital library. As one of the first digital libraries in the country, it offers nearly $210,000 worth of eBooks and audio books for students, staff and teachers. Powered by OverDrive, the interactive digital library lets students highlight text, define words and take notes online.

Today, the digital library continues to expand with a small collection of books available for preschool and elementary students. Many of the titles feature eBook and audio book versions. Schools can also suggest specific titles with the committee determining their appropriateness for the digital library.

As one of the first digital libraries in the country, it offers nearly $210,000 worth of eBooks and audio books for students, staff and teachers.

The Digital Library Committee dedicated many hours to ensure that the best titles, topics and authors, as well as age appropriate books, were available in the digital library to reach all readers and interests. This process, which started last summer, began with funding from the curriculum department and quickly included instructional technology, media and library staff.

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