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Slowing Down That Summer Slide






Don't you get so excited at the end of the school year to look back at all the progress your students have made?  Then it's time to send them home for the summer and you know that some of them are going to experience that dreaded "summer slide" .    So disheartening that some of my students will lose what they worked so hard to gain.  I am trying something new this year to help remedy that problem of sliding backwards over the summer caused by students not reading.

I ordered a bunch of books from Scholastic and am going to mail them to my students over the summer in hopes that getting a brand new book that they get to keep will be exciting enough to make them want to read it several times. I spent a lot of time picking these books, making sure they were on the students' levels and would be interesting to them.  Scholastic had some great sales and most of the books were between $2.00 and $4.00 a piece.  I only bought books under $5.00.  When this box of books came in, I was soooo excited!  You would have thought it was a box of books for ME!  

The thought is that each month each of my kindergarten through second grade students will be mailed a new book  for the months of June, July and August.  I included in the envelopes a letter to the child explaining what I wanted them to do.  Each month's letter was slightly different 


 I also included a response sheet for each book mailed.  It is just a simple draw your favorite part and write about it.  I wanted to keep it simple, quick, and easy.  My instructions were for the students to mail me back this favorite part form in the self-address stamped envelope that was also included in the packet.  




Can you tell that I am just so super excited about this?  I cannot wait to see what kind of response I get from my students.  I am hoping that I get a good percentage of my students to respond back to me so I can justify the expense next year to my principal.  The books were not the largest part of the expense.  The postage was my main expense in this experiment.  But I already have a back up plan for the postage next year if I need it.  My teacher's aide's church may be willing to donate to that as they like to help out our school.  


I remember being enrolled in a book club when I was little and being so excited to get those books each month.  I am hoping that that same excitement will be there when my students get their books each month.  And what child doesn't like to get mail?  Maybe the parents will be prompted by this to see to it that their child  reads the books mailed to them at least once -I am secretly hoping for multiple reads!

20 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea!! Your kids will love it:)

    Tammy
    www.123teachwithme.com

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  2. Those children are so lucky! You have such a giving spirit. What a cool idea!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  3. Lori.... what a tremendous idea!! Your kids are so lucky to have you. Please keep us posted on the responses you receive :)

    Katie
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  4. That's a great idea Lori. I do hope that you get a great response not only over the summer when when you all get back to school in the fall.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  5. What an awesome idea, I hope you get a good response too!

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  6. I love this idea!! I always give students self addressed envelopes over the summer to encourage the to write letters to me. I've already received and responded to several. Love the book idea, though!

    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness

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  7. What a great idea! You are so sweet to do that for your students. :)

    Erica

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  8. What a fantastic idea! Getting a package in the mail AND a free gift might be the highlight of their entire summer. And if that highlight is associated with reading, I think it's safe to say you've got a good shot at having some enthusiastic readers for next year. Love reading your blog, Lori!
    Mrs. K. from The Teacher Garden Blog

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  9. What a wonderful idea!! I bet the kids will love getting this is the mail!!! You are an awesome person to pay for this out of your own money:) You are a caring teacher!
    Connie:)
    www.welcometofirstgraderoom5.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh dear, I didn't mean to mislead anyone, Connie! I did not pay for this out of my pocket. I asked for and received funding from my principal for it. The postage cost so much that I felt badly about it and my aide offered that her church might help with that next year if I needed it. Thank you for helping me to see that this was misleading- I corrected it. :)

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  11. What an amazing idea!! I need to remember this for next year! Love it!!

    Caitlin
    Kindergarten Smiles

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  12. Thank you TammySF! I hope they will be so surprised when they get their books. :)

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  13. Thank you Jennifer! I was so happy when I got funding for this. I'm hoping the kids will love it!

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  14. Thanks Katie! I was lucky to get the funding from my principal. He knows where my heart is for these struggling readers.

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  15. Tammy, that is my plan- great response over the summer so it shows up this fall! You said it perfectly!

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  16. Thank you Nina! I am hoping for a great response too!

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  17. Thank you Amanda! That is a great idea about sending them home with self-addressed envelopes to get them to write to you! I like that!

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  18. Thanks Erica! I was thrilled when my principal gave me the okay to do this!

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  19. Thank you so much, Mrs. K., for the kind words!! I figure that this will be some of the only mail that many of my students ever get. That will give them something to look forward to each month.

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  20. Thank you, Caitlin, for coming by my blog! I hope it helps them to keep reading this summer!

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