Summer Reading Program
At St. Mary’s we try to give our students every opportunity to improve their reading and learn to love reading at the same time.
Theme this year : "Read like a ninja"
2017 Summer Reading Challenge
~ From June 2 to August 31, 2017 ~
Reading Log Movie
Reading Ninja Photo ContestHow to make an origami ninja Reading Ninja Photo Contest
WHAT TO DO:
1. Fold a reading ninja, using the directions included in your summer reading packet. Don’t forget to make a face. The ninja needs to see to read.
2. Design a realistic scene for your Reading Ninja, and then take a picture!
3. Email your photo to eslibrary(at)smis.ac.jp by August 31.
Your 2017-2018 Grade and Class, if known.
Fun caption for your photo
Please send photos in .jpeg format.
3. Student voting will take place at the end of September and beginning of October
4. Winners will be announced on October 13th during our Reading Celebration Day
5. Only one photo will be accepted per student for the contest, but more photos are welcome and will be displayed on our library doors.
Deadline : August 31, 2016 by 4:00pm.
Please choose the best one for the contest if you are sending many pictures.
Don't forget to add your fun caption the photo.
PRIZES: All grades level winners will receive an Amazon Japan gift card.
Student Goal for 2017: 800,000 pages
RP to Grade 2: 900 pages
Grade 3 and 4 : 1500 pages
Actual Number of Pages Read in 2016: 986,588 pages
Elementary School Goal in 2015: 600,000 pages
Elementary School Goal in 2015: 600,000 pages
Actual Number of Pages Read in 2014: 845,861 pages
Elementary School Goal in 2014: 600,000 pages
Actual Number of Pages Read in 2013: 780,704 pages
Elementary School Goal in 2013: 500,000 pages
Actual Number of Pages Read in 2012:
Elementary School Goal in 2012: 400,000 pages
Actual Number of Pages Read in 2011:
Elementary School Goal in 2011: 200,000 pages
Actual Number of Pages Read in 2010:
Elementary School Goal in 2010 : 100,000 pages
(Adapted from the International Reading Association 'Summer Reading Adventure' brochure)
Over the summer many children lose ground in the reading skills they're building at school. As a parent or caregiver, you can make books and reading part of your child's summer fun. You will keep your child's skills developing by encouraging him or her to read for fun and relaxation. Swimming, biking and camping are all part of summertime excitement – but don't forget reading. There's no need to push – your enthusiasm for expanding your child's interests and imagination through reading will catch his or her attention. Weave reading into your family's summer and your child will go back to school refreshed, excited and ready to pick up where he or she left off.
Here are some tips for encouraging your child to read during the summer.
Read to your child – just a few minutes each day sharing a story or part of a book with your child can increase interest in reading.
Be a reader yourself – if you show that reading is both an important source of information and pleasure pastime for you, chances are that your child will also view reading that way. This is particularly important for fathers as boys often few reading as 'girls' activity and need male role models.
Visit the library – take some time this summer to let your child explore your public library's vast story of reading material (even if you are only visiting a town or city, many public libraries offer temporary membership)
Provide books that your child will enjoy - one good way to encourage summer reading is to find books that match your child's interest and ability. Remember, books that are easy to read are not of less value.
Make reading a relaxed activity - encourage your child to read for pleasure but don't force him to read for long periods at a time.
Read together as a family - try setting aside some time once in a while when the family gathers to read together.
Magazines - summer is a good time to subscribe to special interest magazines directed to children. (Check out the list of magazines the library subscribes to on our library website)
Household Reading - even everyday tasks around the house can involve reading:
- cooking involves reading recipes, labels and shopping lists
- reading directions of appliances or products
- finding things in the telephone book
Reading and Writing - these skills are closely connected and summer activities can provide a wealth of writing opportunities. Encourage children to write about family outings, keep diaries or journals, write letters or postcards or create stories. You can even turn their work into simple books and keep them or send them to relatives.
Remember summer is a time for fun, relaxation and reading. You are your child's most important teacher. Help him realize the joy of reading for pleasure and fit in a few minutes reading into every summer day.
*Please bring books writen in English and new or gently use.
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