Jul 06, 2018

Swing into Reading!

Grant Wood AEA partners with the  Cedar Rapids Kernels on Summer Reading Program

Grant Wood AEA partners with the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Summer Reading Program

This summer Grant Wood AEA has partnered with the Cedar Rapids Kernels to help parents make reading an important part of their children's summer. Students can log their reading minutes on this scorecard and return it to the Cedar Rapids Kernels for prizes including a free ticket to a summer game or even a bobblehead!

According to a project conducted by The Center for Evaluation, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, reading four or five books during the summer can prevent reading achievement losses among elementary school students that might normally occur during those months. Parents can make the most of these summer months by enriching this reading experience with these tips from our Grant Wood Area Education Agency literacy consultants. Help your reader become a walk off home run this summer!

Before reading:

  • We all need a little variety in life! Choose books that are both fiction (make-believe) and non-fiction (true, informational).
  • Look at the cover of the book and talk about what you see.
  • Ask your child what s/he thinks the book might be about.

During reading:

  • Stop often to ask “When”, “What”, “Why”, “Where” and “How” questions.
  • Have your child predict what might happen next.
  • With fiction books, talk about the characters-- -Are they kind? How are they feeling? Do they remind you of anyone?
  • With non-fiction books, talk about the main points.
  • Talk about what some words mean. Think of ways to use those new words in your conversations.

If you child has trouble sounding out a word, help them by:

  • Asking her to say the beginning sound.
  • Having them use the sounds they know and sound out the word.
  • Having them look for a syllable or part of the word that they might know.
  • Help them put the parts together and say the word.

After reading:

  • Talk about your favorite parts of the book.
  • Ask, “Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why?”

Read aloud with your child. Choose a book, and take turns reading a paragraph or page. Enjoy the summer as your child looks ahead at a winning season of reading!


Literacy is one of many services provided by Grant Wood Area Education Agency. Grant Wood Area Education Agency’s team provides support to over 72,000 students and 5,000 teachers in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington counties in east central Iowa. Call Grant Wood AEA if you have any concerns or questions about your child’s development. We can put you in touch with the right people who can help evaluate such things as your child’s speech, hearing, emotional development, behavior or pre-school readiness.

Grant Wood Area Education Agency
www.gwaea.org
319-399-6700