Summer School Reading Motivators
A primary reason that many parents and teachers want students to participate in summer school activities is to either gain a reading level or help them maintain their current reading level. Reading is an important part of every subject, so it is imperative to provide summer school reading practice. Again, use motivators to get students to read as much as possible.
Ask students for input on their ideal summer school reading program. Offer some ideas, such as a special field trip the last week of summer school, buddy reading time, earning an ice cream or pizza party after reading a specific number of hours or books, reading to students in a younger grade or to nursing home residents or reading outside at a park or on the playground.
Once you and your summer school students decide on the "reading reward," then you will need to set how many books, pages or hours your students will need to read to reach this goal. Make the goal realistic but challenging.
Decide whether students should read at home to meet the goal (this is recommended) or if they can only read during summer school hours. If you choose the former, you may want to create a log for parents to sign, confirming the time or pages recorded.
Create a summer school reading bulletin board so you can track how much each of your students has read and how close the class is to their goal.
Fun is a motivation for kids, so make reaching your summer school reading goal exciting and enjoyable!