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Summer Reading

Summer Reading
Posted on 06/11/2015

Research shows that reading at least six books in the summer can prevent students from sliding back on the reading skills that they have worked so hard on during the school year. Just as in playing a sport or an instrument, regular practice is necessary in order to maintain skills and continue improving. Below are some tips for keeping your child reading during the summer.

  • Create a regular summer reading routine. For example, read 20-30 minutes every night or every morning before or after breakfast. If your child is not yet a reader, read books to him or her during this time.
  • Have conversations with your child about what s/he is reading. A few conversation starters are: Tell me about what is happening in your book. What do you think the author’s message is? How would you describe the main character?
  • Become a “regular” at the public library. Sign up for a library card if your child does not already have one – it is free! Check out the wonderful books and other reading materials and utilize the librarians as a resource.
  • Encourage your child to choose “just right” books – not too easy and not too hard.
  • Read as a family – model the importance of reading for everyone in the family! This is a great time for you to pick up that book you have been longing to read.
  • Take books along on trips – listen to an audio book as you are traveling in the car.
  • Limit your child’s TV viewing and video game playing – read a good book instead!

New This Year
Cambridge Public Schools are challenging students across the district to read for half a million minutes (per grade level) during the summer! Students are expected to record the number of minutes they read each day along with the titles and authors of the books on a summer reading log/calendar that will be sent home soon.

  • Students who read 1,000 or more minutes will have their name displayed in a “Baldwin Reading Hall of Fame” in the kiosk in front of the school. Students who bring back their completed summer reading log will also be recognized at All School Meeting.
  • All rising third graders in Cambridge will each receive a special book bag with new books to read and keep, thanks to generous funding from the district!

Be on the lookout for the following summer reading materials:

  • Summer Reading Log/Calendar (soon available online) Information from the Cambridge Public Library, including special summer programs Book bag for rising third graders

Graduating grade 5 students should check the CPS website for Rindge Avenue Upper School reading expectations.

Important Summer Reading Links
Cambridge Public Schools Summer Reading 
Cambridge Public Library

Start summer off on the right foot by visiting the library, stocking up on some great books and helping your child read every day!