I have read study after study (plus MORE studies) about this problem. It seems that most experts agree that our kids and students need to read 4-6 books over the summer to help prevent the summer slide. This year, I created this for my students:
So, I sat down with my amazing wife and we came up with 30 activities/ideas that I felt would be interesting, fun, and above all exciting for my students to do.
I think things like getting to read junk mail to activities with the cereal box in the morning are easy to do, engaging enough students will do it and not realize the they are "reading".
I had the ideas- now I needed to decide on the best format to make it engaging for my kids.
I envisioned a jar with the ideas on slips of paper- kind of like a "I'm Bored Jar", or something. But I wanted the design to be a little more eye-candy-ish. So I came up with some pretty cool looking cards that can be drawn one at a time. Then I decided that maybe not all kids would want a bunch of cards to try and keep track of (while others would LOVE them!). So, I then thought of a calendar format. I didn't want to have the dates locked in, as that would make it less useful if a student skipped/missed a day.
Thus I came up with more of a format that LOOKS like a calendar, but is really just a grid of ideas. I typed up the instructions at the top and added a reading challenge on the bottom that is more like a traditional reading assignment I would give to my students during the school year.
My next goal was to provide the parents with some information about summer reading. So I wrote a parent letter that informed them of the need to keep their child reading, explained how to use the activities I was sending home, and encouraged them to contact me with any questions they may have had (preferably BEFORE school ended for the year.
And then, because I was planning on making this resource available to other teachers, I needed an instructions sheet.
So THIS is what you get:
I'd say that is a whole lot of easy-to-use for you for a way LOW price!
My students were very excited to get the activities. I sent the calendar home with them this year, as a test drive. I am very pleased with how it turned out, and I am excited to use it year after year!