During the summer, many students take a pause from daily classes. Spending this time swimming, participating in summer sports, playing in the yard, or just relaxing can be very enriching and recharging for children, not to mention fun. However, just because daily class is paused does not mean that literacy learning must pause, too.
IRRC Literacy Resources for Summer Learning at Home
The Iowa Reading Research Center provides free literacy resources, several of which can help caregivers support their children’s literacy learning at home this summer. Read on to learn about a few of the resources you could use to encourage your children to engage in learning at home and get the most learning out of it as possible!
With their newly rediscovered free time, have you assigned to your children some additional weekly chores? With our Chore Chart, learn how the organization of household chores can double as a language learning activity for the whole family. Fill out the chart as a family and practice grammar skills by asking and answering questions about each person’s responsibilities. This activity would be especially beneficial for families of English learners.
Book Recommendation Video
Helping your children write and record a book recommendation video is an excellent way to motivate them to read, reflect on what they have read, and celebrate their summer reading accomplishments. This resource for creating a book recommendation video includes sentence starters to help you write a script for the video and a set of filming tips to help make this project a success. The guide was originally written for students in the classroom, but this could also be a great activity for you and your children to do at home this summer. Email the final result to grandparents, other caregivers, or your children’s friends. If there are multiple children in your neighborhood who want to participate, you could even organize a book club that culminates with a premiere night for the video!
YA Lit Guide
If your teens are looking to find their next summer read and you are looking to foster an enhanced reading experience, our Young Adult Literature Guide is a good place to start. The guide includes a list of over 20 YA novels of varying genres and difficulty levels, many of which are older classics that your teen may not have heard of before. The guide goes beyond just a list of book titles and also features related reads, major themes to discuss, instructional information, and other ways for you and your teens to get the most out of reading each novel.
New Staff Introductions
We have had one new undergraduate and one graduate student employee join our computer programming team this summer.
Amil is pursuing a master’s degree in computer science. Originally from Jaipur, India, he earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering from MBM University in Jodhpur, India. Amil previously worked as a data scientist and engineer before enrolling in graduate school at the University of Iowa.
After graduate school, Amil plans to work as a software developer, and says his work here is providing hands-on learning relevant to those career pursuits. He appreciates being able to work on software that will be used to help students learn reading and writing skills.
In his free time, Amil likes to cook and relax. His favorite food is Biryani, and his favorite genre of books is self-help.
A native of Suchow, China, Vincent is a computer science major who hopes to one day become a full-stack software engineer, someone who is involved in all aspects of software development.
Through his work here at the IRRC, Vincent says he is constantly learning more about the computer programming industry. He is grateful for the rest of the student programming team members and their willingness to help one another succeed.
Outside of work, Vincent enjoys reading and watching movies. If he had to choose one reality TV or game show to participate in, he would choose Squid Game, for the chance to win millions of dollars.
See us in August in Cedar Rapids
The IRRC will have a booth at the “Forward in Faith” professional development conference for educators working for Catholic schools in Eastern Iowa on August 4 on the campus of Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. Attendees can stop by our booth to learn about our services and pick up some IRRC goodies.
Thank you for reading!