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Dear Parent Partners,

Do you love books? Are you looking forward to a summer that includes walks in the sunshine, picnics by the pond, reading a good book under the shade of tree, or perhaps in a treehouse?

The Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair (BOGO) is May 30, 31, June 1, and 2. Please plan on visiting the book fair to check out the selection of books.

What is summer reading loss?                                                      

Summer is almost here and reading for relaxation and to keep up skills is important. The research is clear that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss can have a cumulative, long-term effect.

Bad News

  • The few months of loss in reading skills compounds over the years; by the time children reach middle school, those who haven't read during the summers may have lost as much as two years worth of achievement.

Good News

  • You can take books with you and your child everywhere you go; to the doctor's office, on picnics, on road trips, etc.

  • You can let your child choose the books they want to read .

  • Many believe that encouraging your child to continue flexing his or her reading muscles over summer vacation is the single most important thing you can do to help develop literacy learning.


8:15 - 4:30 Tuesday, Wednesday          May 30, 31

8:15 - 6:00 Thursday  June 1

8:15 - 11:30 Friday   June 2

 If you have some time to donate to the Book Fair, please contact Jan Neumann at (810) 538-1714 or jneumann@chatfieldschool.org


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  Tips for Encouraging Kids to Read

1.  "Read me a story!"

Nearly every suggestion sent in by parent and teacher tip-sters had this message.   Reading together is a powerful tool in motivating your child to read, no matter how old they are.

 2.  Beyond Books

Tip-sters were quick to point out that reading material comes in many different shapes and sizes.  Magazines, board games, recipes, cereal boxes, signs, comic books, turning on the closed captioning on your television all provide opportunities for reading practice. 

3.  Keep it fun, for everyone 

 If kids are going to enjoy reading, the experience has to be enjoyable.  As you read with your children, keep them involved by asking questions about the story, and let them fill in the blanks. You or your children, can create activities related to the stories you're reading. In one household, reading Little House on the Prairie prompted lively games of "wagon-train" and discussions about life on the frontier. Another family likes to create mini-plays, acting out the stories they read. While her grandson "helps" in the garden, one grandmother spells words for him to write out using a muddy stick. Once the word is complete, the two of them sound it out together, wipe the word away, then move onto the next. This reading game keeps her grandson occupied for hours.

From Jessica Snyder



Need Help Choosing a Good Book? 

Sometimes it is difficult to pick out a book that you are sure to like. More than 2,000 students and literacy experts have suggested favorite books that they feel are must-reads. Here are links to lists for kids 5 to 14, and one for teens.




             BOOK FAIR NEWS 



The Fall Book Fair was a success, and the Spring Book Fair is fast approaching. Our thanks to all who shopped at the Fair and to all of our wonderful volunteers.  


Dates are

May 30, 2017 to  June 22017




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