At the Y, we believe reading is an important part of growth and development. We want to ensure our youth have access to reading resources both in and out of school. 

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Michelle Peeler
Community Literacy Program Director
314-421-8908

Summer Reading Resources

Active Reading Games:

Spelling Workout - Perform a certain number of a certain exercise to represent each letter. Kids can spell their names or other words. Here is the chart for each Letter.

Sight Word Hopscotch - Create a hopscotch pattern and it each box write one sight word. Here is a list the 100 most common words. On rainy days, use masking tape to create the hopscotch pattern and write words on a piece of tape as well.

Whole Body Spelling - Like spelling “YMCA” with your arms from the famous song. Kids create letter shapes using their bodies. Groups can spell whole words.

Reading Walk - This is a walk where each stop along the way is a page in a book to read. When all the stops have been visited the book is complete. Directions here.

 

Inexpensive Books:

Greater St. Louis Book Fair has a non-profit day - you must pre-register to attend that day where all remaining books are free to nonprofits.

The J's Book Sale

Scholastic Warehouse Sale

St. Louis Public Library has Educator Accounts - includes staff for Summer Camp and Y Club

 

Book Clubs to-go:

Book Discussion Kits are designed for groups to read and discuss the same book. The kits include multiple copies of the book and a discussion guide.

To find out more visit https://www.slcl.org/book-discussion-kits

 

Summer Reading Programs:

Most of our libraries sponsor summer reading programs that offer incentives for reading during the summer. Typically, the information comes out April or May.

St. Louis County Library https://www.slcl.org/

St. Louis Public Library https://www.slpl.org/

Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County https://www.mlc-stl.org/

 

Reading Bingo:

Play Reading Bingo throughout the week. Print and use this Bingo Card or create your own.

After School Reading Resources

Active Reading Games:

Spelling Workout - (5 -15 minutes) Perform movements to spell. Here is the chart for each Letter.

Sight Word Hopscotch - (10-30 minutes) Create a hopscotch pattern and it each box write one sight word. Here is a list the 100 most common words. On rainy days, use masking tape to create the hopscotch pattern and write words on a piece of tape as well.

Whole Body Spelling - (5-30 minutes) Like spelling “YMCA” with your arms from the famous song. Kids create letter shapes using their bodies. Groups can spell whole words.

Reading Walk - (20-45 minutes) This is a walk where each stop along the way is a page in a book to read. When all the stops have been visited the book is complete. Directions here.

 

Inexpensive Books:

Greater St. Louis Book Fair has a non-profit day - you must pre-register to attend that day where all remaining books are free to nonprofits.

The J's Book Sale

Scholastic Warehouse Sale

St. Louis Public Library has Educator Accounts - includes staff for Summer Camp and Y Club

 

Free Printable Reading Games:

Free, printable games are a great way to enforce skills in reading. Buy some sandwich sized and gallon sized baggies to store the games and any incidental supplies needed (dice, paper clip, pen) There are many free ones online. Here are some of my favorites:

The Florida Center for Reading Research - I'd be rich if I was paid to promote them. :-)

This Reading Mama, register for access to free printable reading games. For younger elementary.

The Measured Mom has free printable games also. For younger elementary.

 

Book Clubs:

Book Discussion Kits are designed for groups to read and discuss the same book. The kits include multiple copies of the book and a discussion guide.

To find out more visit https://www.slcl.org/book-discussion-kits

 

Reading Bingo:

Play Reading Bingo throughout the week. Print and use this Bingo Card or create your own.

 

5 Finger Rule: How to choose a just right book:

  1. Choose a book that interests you

  2. Open to a random page

  3. Read the page using the following formula

              0-1 errors = too easy, consider another book

              2-3 errors = just right to read on your own

              4-5 errors = too hard, consider another book or read with a buddy

  1. Try one more page to be sure

Five Fun Things Parents Can do to Help with Summer Learning Loss

There are many wonderful programs in the community to keep kids engaged in summer learning, through the YMCA and other organizations, and we encourage you to enroll your child in them. However, to supplement these programs, or if a family is unable to afford them, we have compiled some simple things you can do at home, as a parent or caregiver, to keep your children learning throughout the summer.