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Read for Joy This Summer
is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” — Joseph Addison
Dear Queen Victoria Annex
Wherever you go, whatever you do
this summer, remember to bring a book with you and you’ll have twice as many adventures. The school library may be closed, but the
Vancouver Public Library is open and full of possibilities. Check them out online or in person. I’ve also included a link to some other lists
of ‘recommended reads’. Fiction,
non-fiction, drama, suspense, humour, graphic, English, French, braille... take
your pick, and take time to enjoy it.
Teacher-Librarian, Queen Victoria
• International studies show that students with a more positive attitude toward reading tend to be more successful in all subjects. Students’ attitudes toward learning can be as important as their grasp of specific knowledge and skills. Enjoyment of reading doesn’t only affect a student’s literacy scores; it is also a predictor of their success in science and math.
• Parents’ main contribution to their children becoming successful readers is not by teaching technical skills. Children can develop motivation, comprehension and strong oral language skills through conversation and reading for pleasure—in any language—either with their parents or by themselves.
• Children can regress over the summer months without consistent and continuous reading instruction. Between grades 1 and 6 the potential cumulative impact of summer reading loss can compound to 1.9 years worth of reading achievement lost in the summer months alone. (Allington&McGill-Franzen 2003)
• The number of books read during the summer is consistently related to achievement gains.
“When children read well, they have a solid foundation for
learning in every subject and they are able to open the door to possibilities
and adventures that go far beyond their own experiences.” (People for
Education, 2011, Ontario)
Public Library has suggested booklists for every taste. Check them out:
READING RECOMMENDATIONS 2016 FROM THE HORN BOOK
This website has excellent
suggestions of current Picture Books, Early Readers, and Intermediate Books.
Our school library is open after school on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday. Families are welcome to come and visit the library
during this time. I am also able to help with quick questions right at 9:00
Monday through Friday. I am happy to help you choose books, such as good picks
for helping students learn to read at
home, or recommendations for novels to
read together as a family. I can also help you find books to fit challenging
circumstances, such as the loss of a pet. Feel free to ask me for help in accessing our
VSB databases online – such as World Book. These are great resources that can
be used at home and school to help students with research, and they are available
for VSB families.
Does your child need help remembering to
return his or her library book on time? One helpful tip is to set a reminder
into your smartphone as an alert the night before books are due. Students in Divisions 1, 4, and 6 visit the library
for book exchange on Tuesday afternoons,
and Students in Divisions 2, 3 and 5
come on Thursdays. Of course, anyone can visit the library
afterschool when we are open to exchange books.
Your Teacher-Librarian (and book fanatic),