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    Tips for Building Reading Skills During Winter Break
    Posted on 12/19/2019
    A selection of early readers books are set on a table

    Tips for Building Reading Skills During Winter Break

    Across every school in the district, staff, and students can be overheard discussing their plans for winter break (December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020).

    Whether it’s spending quality time with family and friends, taking part in winter activities like baking and ice skating, or just relaxing and recharging for the new year, there’s one activity we hope everyone has on their lists: reading!

    Winter break is the perfect time to curl up with a good book, and it’s a great time for students to practice the reading skills they have been working on.

    Below you will find some helpful tips for reading during the break, as well as resources for families and students to make reading fun, including some fun events hosted at Seattle Public Libraries.

    • Set up a winter break reading challenge. Give your student(s) a challenge of reading for 20 minutes (or a certain number of pages) per day to earn a reward. Track minutes or pages read using stickers or other creative supplies, and then reward your student at the end of winter break for accomplishing this challenge. Give your student(s) the opportunity to choose a book they’ve been wanting to read, free of school assignments. Check out some of our Seattle Super Readers book recommendations for elementary students.
    • Get started on a book set. There are many options out there for book sets that students of all ages can enjoy – many of which can be found at your local library branch. Once you get started on the first book over the break, they’ll be hooked. Find hours and locations of Seattle Public Library branches near you.
    • Non-fiction is fun too! Students are passionate about all different subjects – science, nature, history, math, zoology. Help your student(s) find a non-fiction book that aligns with their interests.
    • Take a walk around your neighborhood. This simple activity can expose your student to many different vocabulary terms as you walk through nature, near different buildings, and in parks. If there are museums or other interesting free exhibits near you, stop in and teach your student some new words. Your Seattle Public Library card can even get you a free museum pass. A larger vocabulary can support reading comprehension. Read more about the Seattle Public Library Museum Pass.
    • Traveling means more time to read. If you’re traveling over the winter break, this is the perfect opportunity to pack a fun book or audiobook to help pass the time. Audiobooks can be a great way to get students interested in a new book or series, also available through your local library branch.
    • Read out loud before bed. Choose a book the whole family will love and spend a few minutes each night snuggling and reading out loud. It’s the perfect way to wind down at the end of the day.

    The Seattle Public Library also offers events and activities at all branches across the city of Seattle. A list of all events and activities can be found on their event calendar. Check out the library calendar for details and more events. Some options include:

    Sunday, December 22, 1 - 2:30 p.m.: Piñatas and Posadas, Northgate Branch

    Monday, December 23, 2 - 4 p.m.: LibraryLab: Creative Play, New Holly Branch

    Thursday, December 26, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Children’s Story Time, Queen Anne Branch

    Friday, December 27, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Winter Break Button Making, Northgate Branch

    Monday, December 30, 4 - 7 p.m.: LibraryLab: Circuits Challenge, Delridge Branch

    Tuesday, December 31, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: New Year’s at Noon, Greenwood Branch

    Thursday, January 2 (plus additional dates), 1 - 3 p.m., Pop-Up Museum, South Park Branch

    We hope you have a safe and enjoyable break and a very happy new year. Share your favorite winter break books and reading activities with us on social media by using #SPSConnects and #SeattleSuperReaders.

    Learn more about Seattle Super Readers.

    Read more about the district’s five-year strategic plan, Seattle Excellence.