Help us keep books in students' hands this summer!
It is important for you to know that the Toms River Regional School District is dedicated to making reading a top priority for all children, and the summertime is no exception. To support this effort, our annual district wide summer reading initiative fosters continued engagement in literacy activities.
Keeping a book in a child’s hands during the summer months has many benefits; while there are too many to list, we’ve identified several research-based facts:
- children who engage in reading during summer months continue to grow as readers while those who do not often slide backward
- participation in a summer reading program helps to promote a more positive attitude towards reading, boosts confidence, and prepares children to tackle the demands of the next grade level
- continued practice in reading can reduce the need for teachers to reteach skills & strategies at each grade level, allowing teachers to focus instruction on higher level critical thinking skills
The best part is—reading can be done anywhere! Whether in a car, on a plane, at the pool, or at the beach, there are so many opportunities to check into a good book.
In addition, reading aloud to children has tremendous educational benefits and can be a source of much enjoyment for families. Summer is a great time to read with your children!
Guidelines for summer reading are accessible in the links on the right side of this page. Included in the resources is the suggested summer assignment options for our incoming first grade students to our incoming fifth grade students. You will also see literacy activities by grade level. These activities offer families additional ideas for engagement such as instructional videos and multi sensory activities.