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Summer Learning Series: Sonya Cross

July 21, 2015
By Tate's School

Sonya Cross - Second Grade Language Arts

I love reading mysteries and thrillers. Throughout the school year, I encourage students to read books based on their personal interest. During summer break, I am reminded of the enjoyment and escape that I experience when reading. I also think about my students and hope they are filling some of their leisure time with reading. Whether reading for enjoyment or information, books can be an endless source for discussions and activities. If you are planning a trip to the beach, read a fiction book with a beach setting or a nonfiction book about the ocean or animals. Thoughts and questions that arise can lead to further reading and research. 

Stretch your imagination. Children can write their own story, answer a question through experimentation, or prepare a recipe. Do an internet search for a kid friendly recipe. Have your child read the recipe, write out a grocery list, and prepare a meal together. It is hands on fun involving language arts and math skills. Everyday tasks provide many educational opportunities, as well as valuable time spent with your child. And when the school year begins in August, students who have read and participated in learning activities start with an advantage.