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Tips to sharpen your child’s reading skills The end of summer vacation
may be approaching, but there is still plenty of time for youth to read a few books to refresh their reading skills before starting school. While many grown-ups jump
at the chance to read books and magazines on vacation, children are often quick to drop the book and run toward the waves when hitting the beach, pool or campground. While everyone reminisces about those summer days from childhood, the truth is that in this age of video games, DVD players in cars and text- messaging teens, youth are less likely to pick up a book than ever. That may come at a price. According to educators,
summer reading is critical in continuing good academic performance and advancing literacy skills. Studies show that children who read several books during the summer maintain or surpass the reading skills they achieved during the previous school year. James Kim, an assistant education professor at Harvard University, claims students who read four or more books over the summer do better than those who didn’t when they return to school in the fall. Various studies show that the “summer
slide,” a dip in reading and writing skills, occurs when schools let out in June, and youth leave the classroom and studies behind until September. Research from groups such as Scholastic and the National Summer Learning Association documents that skills decrease more significantly among moderate- to low-income students, and that the summer slide increases year after year for children who continue to avoid summer reading.
If your child hasn’t picked up a book or
enough books this summer, there is still time to encourage them to do so. Suzanne Poole, TD Bank’s executive vice president of retail sales strategy and distribution of- fers these tips: * Read stories with your child and ask
questions about the stories. * Let your child choose books about
subjects in which they are interested. * Set aside some time each day or week
as reading time so it is a scheduled activity. * Encourage your child to say words and
phrases out loud. * Practice sounding out words your child
may have difficulty reading. * Provide the word your child is strug-
gling with so that he/she doesn’t become frustrated and lose the enjoyment of the experience.
* Offer them incentive as motivation.
Not in the sense that you are bribing them to read, but showing them that hard work offers rewards. TD Bank’s Summer Read- ing Program encourages kids to read and teaches them about saving money by con- tributing $10 into a new or existing young savers account for each child who reads 10 books throughout the summer. To sign up, visit www.tdbank.com/summerreading
. * Have fun. If you’re reading this as you pack for
your end-of summer trip, start running your kids to pre-season sports practices or hit the store for back-to-school supplies, think about picking up some books for your kids. Experts suggest even one or two books will help.
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Teachers Funding Classroom Supplies plies for the classroom.
Many teachers look to provide excit- ing experiences for children in the classroom, frequently using interac- tive supplies and techniques intended to make learning fun. While teachers often get an annual
school supply budget, too often what teachers use in the classroom is pur- chased with money out of their own pockets. That’s even more true in light of recession-related budget cutbacks that have forced teachers to reach deeper into their own funds to pay for supplies. An April 2010 OfficeMax(R) “Na- tional Teaching Realities Survey” from Kelton Research found that 97 percent of American teachers frequently use their own money to stock up on sup-
In most professions, supplies are funded by employers. However, teachers – whom many feel are un- derpaid – find themselves running out of money for supplies. Instead of scaling back and letting students suffer, many teachers continue to use their own money to ensure a worthy classroom experience. What are they buying? At least 80
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percent of teachers interviewed in the study found that basics, such as paper products and craft items, are in short supply. Many parents are unaware that teachers use their own funds for sup- plies. But students and parents alike can do their part to contribute to a better learning environment. * When teachers send home notes requesting donations of supplies, parents should step up to the plate. It’s not greed feeding these requests, but rather neces- sity. * Parents can join together and consult school officials about their concern for dwindling school budgets. * Local merchants can donate
school supplies or offer discounts for teachers. Not only is it free advertising, it’s good for the com- munity as well. * Teachers can investigate discount programs at school- and office-supply stores. * At the beginning of the year, teachers can issue a list of neces- sary classroom supplies. Parents and other community members can work together to complete the list. * It’s not just classroom sup- plies, either. Some teachers use their own money to help students who may not have money for lunch or bus fare to get home. Fundraisers for the classroom can be a good way to raise extra money for miscella- neous expenses.
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