Summer Reading For Early Literacy
By Hearing First Team July 7, 2016
Reading aloud everyday helps children with hearing loss build literacy skills. Here are five “summer” books with specific concepts, skills and activities for incorporating Listening and Spoken Language strategies into your reading time.
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Every child looks forward to summer. It’s a time for running through sprinklers, eating popsicles and going on family vacations. It's also a time when you might have a few more minutes in the day to pull out another book to share together. Sharing books is one of the easiest and most important activities you can do with your child to help them keep moving forward toward literacy. We’ve provided “summer” books to read aloud with your child to help develop their early language skills and instill a love for reading. This is the third entry in our LSL by the Season Book Series. If you are interested in the first two entries in our series, check out the Winter Book List and Spring Book List.
“That’s Not My Monkey” by Fiona Watt
For ages 0-3. Monkeys, monkeys everywhere but that one is not mine! These sweet monkeys have different characteristics, find out which one IS mine!
“I Went Walking” by Sue Williams
For ages 0-4. A young boy sets out for a walk. Along the way, he meets some farm friends who tag along for some outdoor fun!
“In the Tall, Tall Grass” by Denise Fleming
For ages 2-5. Join a caterpillar on a summer day as he crawls through the grass and meets other creatures in his own yard. Explore the outdoor sights and sounds as the sun goes down.
“Sheep in a Jeep” by Nancy E. Shaw
For ages 3-5. Five silly sheep take off on an adventure in a cramped jeep. There are many ups and downs in this journey which land the sheep in a sticky situation!
“How I Spent My Summer Vacation” by Mark Teague
For ages 4-7. This story describes an unusual summer vacation as a little boy heads out west for a stampedingly awesome adventure!
You don’t have to be a reading teacher to teach your child literacy skills. Reading aloud is simple, and it’s one of the most important activities that you can do with your child to get them ready for reading and learning. In fact, just 15 minutes a day of reading aloud can make a big difference! When you make reading together a daily habit in your family, you are preparing your child for school success.
Make time for reading aloud every day and your child will gain important LSL and literacy skills that will help them be successful in school and in life.
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