Monthly Archives: June 2013

San Jose Public Library Graphic Novel Making Contest

Do you want to write a graphic novel? Take up to 8 sheets of copy paper and get to work! Entries are due July 31st. Please click on the above link for more rules and guidelines for this contest.

Speaking of the public library…have you signed up for the Summer Reading Celebration yet? They give you prizes for reading a certain number of books. To find out more about that, please click here.

Families, your child needs their own library card, if they don’t have one already! Here is more information for you:

1. Library Branches and Hours
2. Getting a Library Card
3. SJPL Parents’ Site
4. SJPL Kids’ Site

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June 23, 2013 · 4:53 pm

For Families: Online Resources for Summer Learning

June 13, 2013

Dear Families,

Did you know that studies have shown that students lose about 26% of their knowledge gains during the summer vacation if they don’t practice what they learned that year? The antidote to “Summer Slide” is to keep learning all summer long!

Here are some online resources to support your efforts to keep your children from experiencing  that “Summer Slide”. Online and indoor activities can’t replace camps, family activities,  time in nature, and of course reading (ideally, 35 minutes per day). Study skills honed by pursuing appropriate online activities and quiet seat work, such as Summer Bridge workbooks, are crucial for academic success, however. Aside from maintaining knowledge gains, summer learning activities simply help maintain the study good habits learned in school.

Please check these safe sources out and let me know what you think:

1. San Jose Public Library Kids’ Page. Kids’ catalog, events, and games! Lots of games.

2. Khan Academy. If your child is going to private summer school or studying virtually anything this summer, Khan Academy can help.

3. National Geographic Kids. Science and nature!

5. The American Museum of Natural History’s Science Website for Kids. Visually interesting and informative.

6. San Francisco Symphony Kids’ Website. For “Fun With Music” and to explore what the A-3 All Stars learned with Miss Gail this year!

7. Cool Math 4 Kids. Extremely colorful and kinetic web design; lots of activities.

8. Tumblebooks. Read books online through the San Jose Public Library. Kids may also: Watch informative videos, learn a language, read along with a recording, play lots of educational games, and store their favorites on MyCloud so they can retrieve their booklist from any computer in the world. This is an exciting, FREE resource, and  I encourage all families to explore and use it! Note: Your child will need a library card.

This is only a start! Please keep checking back for this summer for more ideas, announcements, links, and projects.

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Happy Summer Reading!

June 13, 2013

We have been on Summer Vacation for a whole week. Now that you are rested, it’s a good time to start reading books to keep you in shape for school and even get you ready for Third Grade!

I searched the Internet and found some websites with book lists for those kids entering Third Grade this Fall. Click on the links below and look over the lists. If you don’t see books you think sound good, follow my “Safe Search” guidelines to look up your own!

Akiva School’s Reading List for Graduating Second Graders

Education World’s Second Grade Reading List

Books Recommended by Adults

More Challenging Books at the  Third Grade Level!

To do a “Safe Search” for your great book titles on the Internet:

1. Go to KidzSearch.com.

2. Type words that will help you find what you are looking for in the search box. Examples of useful words include:

  • Summer Reading
  • Third Grade Books
  • School Reading Lists

You may also type in the names of book titles you like, and see what else comes up at the same time. That way you might find books that are similar to ones you have read and enjoyed!

Happy reading, A-3 All-Stars! Keep checking back for more summer ideas!!

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