Happy summer!!!! Our administration, teachers, students, and parents have worked very hard again this year to make it another successful school year! After all of our hard work, we want our students to “WIPEOUT THE SUMMER SLIDE”! The “summer slide” is the regression students experience during the summer months. Research shows that the best way to WIPEOUT the SUMMER SLIDE is to READ, READ, READ, AND READ SOME MORE! We have listed some reading tips and suggestions. Thank you for all that you do. Have a wonderful summer!
Mill Creek Administration and Faculty
“Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward. According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: "A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year.... It's common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills."
üCheckout our ebooks from the Mill Creek Library website. They will be available all summer. This information should have come home in an email.
üRead together every day. Have a set schedule so that reading time won’t be forgotten.
üEnjoy story time at home or at the public library.
üEncourage older children to read to younger children.
üRead to your child no matter how old they are. Remember to read with intonation in your voice.
üFor younger children:
§Give everything a name.
§Talk about print in our environment and community.
§Read it again and again and again.
§Work on the Fry word and phrases list.
üAfter your child reads a book they really enjoyed, have them write a letter to the author.
üListen to audio books when you are traveling.
üIntroduce your child to some of your favorite childhood books.
üHelp your child find a series they enjoy.
üAsk your child to help you read recipes and make a meal together.
üChallenge your child to find phone numbers using the phone book.
üFind a set of Encyclopedias and watch your child devour knowledge about many different topics they enjoy.
üLook for a Kids’ Almanac. Have students share their fun facts with the family.
üLet your child choose a movie, read the reviews, and gather the information for purchasing tickets.
üAfter watching a movie, discuss different aspects of the plot and give it your own review.
üRead and talk about poetry by using song lyrics.
üSubscribe to a children’s magazine to expose your child to different types of writing and literature.
üStart a neighborhood book club and watch your child’s love for reading grow as they share their insights.
üBe prepared….always take something to read!
ONCE YOU GET STARTED, IT ISN’T NEARLY AS COMPLICATED AS IT SOUNDS!
Mill Creek now offers 170 ebooks! Please know that different companies provide different services. Listed below are some items for you to be aware of when beginning to read our ebooks:
·Some offer the audio option while others do not.
·Some of the audio options sound digital while others do not.
·AR information is listed if it is available. AR tests may only be taken at school.
·Volume is controlled on your computer or reading device.
·Ebooks should work on ipads, iphones, ipods, ereaders with internet access, and computers.
·All Ereaders can download the free Follett Digital Reader app, but it is not required. Follett ebooks may be read through the library site.
·Follett Digital Reader app will ask for our school site info: https://wbb32311.follettshelf.comYou should only need to put the site information in on your first attempt.
·Follett Shelf information: contact your teacher or the library for this information. This information should have also been sent to you in an email on May 22, 2013 and previous emails from the library.
2. Choose "Library" on the left side of the screen.
3. Click on "Library Search"
1. Once the results come up, choose the ebook you would like to read.
2. In the box, choose the title of the book at the bottom of the box or choose “click here to read”.
3. Simply hit the "play" symbol.
1.Install the free Follett Digital Reader app from the app store if desired. This app is not required. Ebooks may be read through the library site.
2.Follett Digital Reader app will ask for our school site info: http://wbb32311.follettshelf.comYou should only need to put the site information in on your first attempt. For username and password information, check with your teacher or the library. This information should have been sent to you in an email on May 22, 2013 and in previous emails from the library.
3.NOW, GO TO THE MILL CREEK HOME PAGE AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR ALL DEVICES LISTED ABOVE.
4.Enter "ebooks" in the search box.
5.Click the title you would like to read.
6.Click on the title a second time.
7.Choose the title in BLUE at the bottom of the box or choose “click here to read”.
8. Simply hit the "play" symbol.
We have lots of new hardback books to checkout also!
Check out the new FREEebooks that the Alabama Virtual Library offers. Follow the path below for access: www.avl.lib.al.us Click "E-Books" on the left sidebar from "Student Resources" or "Adult Resources"
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