Dear Evans Families,
 
 This has been an amazing school year at Evans Elementary in so many ways. While some children are learning how to read for the first time, other are reading and thinking about what they read in incredibly sophisticated ways. While some children are learning to tell and write stories and research informational topics and write about their opinions for the first time, others are becoming accomplished writers with their own sense of style across a multitude of genres.
 
 And then summer comes…The question is how do we, as parents and educators, help children continue to grow as readers and writers while they are away from school? The best way is to make sure that reading and writing are a part of your child’s every day routine. Have a wonderful summer and come back to school refreshed, renewed and prepared for September!
 

Have your child read daily. Research shows a direct correlation between the amount of time children read independently and student achievement. The amount of time experts recommend is based on your child’s age. Keep in mind children should be dividing their reading time equally between fiction and half non-fiction. Reading aloud with your children is always time well spent. There is a great resource called The Read Aloud Handbook that is full of ideas about how you can help your child as a reader. Watch for reading activities throughout the community during the summer – the Grinnell Library in the village, Adriance Library in Poughkeepsie and Barnes and Noble all have many great programs! Check the paper for many free readings, plays and performances throughout the summer.

Have your child keep a writing journal and write daily.  Once again, experts recommend a certain amount of minimum daily writing based on a child’s age.  This can take the form of fiction writing, diary writing, journal writing or non-fiction topics such as vacation experiences. Follow the link on the Evans Homepage to your child’s grade level writing checklists for more information about what the expectations are at each grade level.  Have your child keep this up during the summer and bring it to school in September so that he/she is ready with lots of ideas for writing when school starts again. There are some great writing programs during the summer. The Hudson Valley Writing Project has several writing camps for children of various ages.
 

Grade Level

Suggested Minimum

Amount of Daily Reading Time

K moving to 1st

20 minutes – Read Aloud

1st moving to 2nd

20 minutes – Read Aloud/Shared Reading/Independent

2nd moving to 3rd

20 minutes

3rd moving to 4th

30 minutes

4th moving to 5th

30 minutes

5th moving to 6th

40 minutes

6th moving to 7th

40 minutes

 

Grade Level

Suggested Minimum

Amount of Daily Writing

K moving to 1st

1 page – illustrations with captions

1st moving to 2nd

2 pages – illustrations with captions

2nd moving to 3rd

2 pages with extended captions or ½ page of writing

3rd moving to 4th

1 full page

4th moving to 5th

1 full page

5th moving to 6th

1 ½ full pages

6th moving to 7th

1 ½ full pages