Dear Parents and Guardians,
Summer is here! Now that school is out, students and families can enjoy a lot of sunshine, play, and relaxation! However, studies suggest that students, especially struggling readers, experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months. Research also shows that students on average score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do on the same tests at the end of the school year. However, as families, we can help prevent the “summer slide”. Try these strategies to help your child improve his/her reading during the summer and beyond:
- Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of our local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read.
- Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:
- Morning: The newspaper — even if it is just the comics or today's weather.
- Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your daughter likes the food channel, help her look for a recipe on the network's Website — then cook it together for more reading practice.
- Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book he/she is currently reading. Have him/her rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help build fluency — able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.
- Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so he/she will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase your child’s knowledge and experience with text, so that he/she will do better when reading independently.
In addition to the above strategies that you can try at home, we are providing a Summer Reading Packet that your child must complete over the course of the summer and return in the fall. Your child should complete one lesson each week, starting the week of June 11. Each lesson will take about a week to complete if worked on a little each day. Your child made great gains in reading over the course of the school year, so we would like to maintain their progress over the summer. If you need an extra copy, they are available in the Middle School office, or you can access and print them on Ms. Klingler’s school web page. Please note the packet level your child received when getting a new copy.
Enjoy your summer! Keep reading!
WelcomeThank you for visiting the Cyclone House webpage for Language Arts and Extended Literature.My name is Ms. Van Eperen-Waldorf, known by most as Ms. VW. I have taught at NRMS for 22 years. I am originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, but New Richmond has been my home for the past 17 years. I graduated from UW Oshkosh with a degree in education and a minor in English then went on to earn my Masters in Literacy Instruction from Saint Mary's University in Minnesota. At various times during my tenure at NRMS, I have taught 7th grade language arts and literature, science, social studies, Spanish, and math. I currently teach literature, extended literature and reading intervention for the Tornado House which also includes Mrs. Gibson, Mr. Stowars, Mrs. Steffen, Mrs. Deziel and Mrs. Kobernick. In my free time I enjoy reading, sewing, gardening and playing with my dog. I also have a great affinity for cats, as student learn quickly when they walk into my room. I strongly believe that a student's success lies in the three-fold collaboration of the teacher, parents and student. That being said, never hesitate to reach out to me regarding your child and how we can work together to make 7th grade the best year yet!