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Friday, July 17, 2015

Reading Rockets Newsletter: July 2015


July 2015 Newsletter

In Focus | Books & Authors | Ideas for Parents & Teachers | Research & News

In Focus: Outdoor Summer Learning

Build reading, writing, and thinking muscles while exploring the great outdoors this month, and all summer long.

Patterns, Patterns Everywhere

Try these four simple activities to help build pattern recognition and categorization skills in science and math (in English and Spanish). Then head out into the great outdoors to discover all the amazing patterns found in nature!
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Field Notes from a Young Scientist

Science explorations give kids a chance strengthen observational and record-keeping skills by keeping a special journal to fill with sketches, notes, and graphs. Try these ideas to get your child started. (In English and Spanish).

Kids in the Garden

With our garden-themed Reading Adventure Pack, kids can earn how to create a kitchen herb garden, nurture seedlings, and map out a fantasy garden. Activities are paired with recommended fiction and nonfiction books. Find more themed books, hands-on and outdoor activities, apps and more in Start with a Book's Our Green World section.
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Rolling on the River

Build a stick raft (and test the waters!), write an original river song, and explore the sounds of water with our rivers-themed Reading Adventure Pack. You'll also find great fiction and nonfiction books about ponds, rivers, and streams. Find more themed books, hands-on and outdoor activities, apps and more in Start with a Book's Oceans, Ponds and Rivers section.
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Children's Books & Authors

Our Big Summer Booklists

Summer … the perfect season for cool drinks, fresh-air reading, and a towering stack of books inviting kids to visit new worlds, real and imagined Our children's literature expert, Maria Salvadore, carefully chose each book to keep your child reading (and listening) all summer long.
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Book Swap for Kids

Looking to refresh your home library?  Try organizing a neighborhood book swap. Here's a simple how-to. One idea: have kids make a simple bookmark for each donated book with a short review or rating. (In English and Spanish)

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The Quiet Place: Our Interview with Sarah Stewart and David Small

Writer Stewart and illustrator Small have published many award-winning picture books together, including The Journey, The Library, and the Caldecott Honor Book, The Gardener. Find out the secret to their joyful collaboration.
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Ideas for Parents & Teachers

For Parents

Madam President

Join our summer blogger Carol Shen as she and her daughter Addie explore the idea of being President. With a candid "what if I were President" interview with her mom, see the world through a young girl's eyes.

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For Teachers

Making Whole Class Work More Effective

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan shares 7 tips for making whole-class instruction more effective. Tip #1: Get close to the kids
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For Parents

The Night Before the Museum

Visits to the zoo, aquarium, or art museum create memorable learning opportunities for families. Here are 4 tips on how to build anticipation and extend the learning. (In English and Spanish)
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For Teachers

First Year Teacher 

Best practices in K–3 reading and writing instruction (including 10 self-paced course modules). Free.

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For Parents

Summer Listening

The summer season is full of sounds! Create a fun and educational summer listening program for your child. Active listening is an important literacy skill and can be especially helpful for kids with learning disabilities.
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For Teachers

Launching Young Readers

Watch online anytime! Our award-winning PBS television programs about reading and early education.
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Research & News

Students' Reading and Math Skills Are Still All Over the Map
National Public Radio | July 9, 2015

Study Says Reading Aloud to Children, More Than Talking, Builds Literacy
EdSource | July 8, 2015

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children
The New York Times | July 7, 2015

Perfect Partners: Libraries and the Nationwide Pre–K Movement
School Library Journal | July 1, 2015

"Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk go the blueberries into Little Sal's tin pail."

– from Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey's 1949 Caldecott Honor book.
Rediscover this timeless story with our animal-themed Reading Adventure Pack activities.


About Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a national educational service of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital. The goal of the project is to provide information on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Learn about easy ways you can link to us to let others know about the many free resources available from Reading Rockets.

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