Sometimes assemblies and other fun holiday activities can preempt reading lessons. Families are busy at home and often do not have time to read nightly with their children.
I recommend trying to squeeze in extra reading wherever you can. If you are a classroom teacher, take time each day for partner reading so your students get a bit more time to practice their books. If you are an intervention teacher, meet with your students and read a book or two even if you can't fit in a full lesson!
Just before the holiday break, send home a packet of books for each student to read. Make sure you include lots of fun and easy-to-read books so the children will enjoy showing off their reading skills to family and friends visiting from out of town.
Michèle Dufresne is author of many Pioneer Valley Books early readers (including the Bella and Rosie series), Word Solvers (Heinemann), and an early literacy and literacy intervention consultant.
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