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What Makes an All Star Reader

Help your reader hit it out of the ballpark with literacy tips from Grant Wood AEA

The phrase “summer slide” refers to the tendency for some students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. Some young students get busy during the summer break from school, and it becomes easy for parents to forget to include reading into their busy schedules.

“Helping your children enjoy reading and become confident in their skills are some of the easy wins that come from spending time with them when they’re reading,” shared Grant Wood Area Education Agency Programs and Services Administrator Kris Donnelly. Literacy is one of many services provided by Grant Wood Area Education Agency. Grant Wood Area Education Agency’s team provides support to over 72,000 students and 5,000 teachers in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington counties in east central Iowa.

This summer Grant Wood AEA has partnered with the Cedar Rapids Kernels in support of the team’s summer reading program. After children read 250 minutes and reach “first base” on their Kernels reading scorecard, they will redeem their card for prizes and the student’s parents also will receive reading tips from GWAEA literacy consultants. At second base the readers receive additional coupons and prizes, and parents will receive log-in information to access some of Grant Wood AEA’s free online resources including ebooks and research databases.

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