Summer of Learning Issue #3

Parent & Family Engagement | 06/05/2019

Kate Doran
Marketing and Communications Director

Welcome to Issue #3 of our Summer of Learning newsletter! Every week we will be sharing a variety of activities, resources, and tips to keep your kids learning and entertained until the new school year. 

This week, we're focusing on tracking all the books you read with your child this summer. By tracking books read, you can keep your children accountable for their learning goals and motivate them to read. We share our suggestions for encouraging a sense of accomplishment and pride through tracking below. Keep on reading for more learning resources, free events in the Denver metro area, and at-home learning activities!


Check out this resource: Track Your Summer Reading!

Tracking books read and words learned can increase your child’s motivation and excitement to sit down and read! Use a family calendar, create a bookshelf poster, or take advantage of Bookopolis to easily measure all of the books your child will read this summer. Negotiate certain milestones or achievements that might warrant some sort of reward when reached. For example: a visit to the movies for every five books finished and discussed!

Read more about tracking here.


Try this activity: Picture Books

Pick an animal with your child. Draw a few pictures of the animal doing various activities. Ask your child to write the captions for each picture. Switch roles and ask your child to draw pictures so that you can write the captions for their drawings.

Find this activity and others in the Family Literacy Activity Calendar


Put this event (Denver Metro Area) in your calendar: Attend a screening of the Indigenous Film Series (6/12)

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is pleased to partner with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission to present Indigenous Film, a monthly indigenous film series.

Doors open at 6 p.m., film begins at 6:30 p.m. Please use the IMAX Evening Entrance on the east side of the Museum. Admission is free. Denver Museum of Nature & Science2001 Colorado BlvdJune 12th, 6-8pm

Learn more about this event and others in our Events Calendar.


Read these articles:

Why Reading to Your Kids In Your Home Language Will Help Them Become Better Readers / Por qué leerles a sus hijos en español ayudar

á a ser mejores lectores (Colorín Colorado)

Four Research Based Strategies to Ignite Intrinsic Motivation in Students (KQED)


And, as always, check out your local library for more fun events & resources!

Colorado Virtual Library

Pikes Peak Library District

Denver Public Library

Boulder Public Library

Mesa County Libraries


Know someone who might benefit from these resources? Forward this email and ask them to sign the pledge for a Summer of Learning!

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Missed the previous newsletter? You can find it here:

Newsletter #1 Eng | Esp

Newsletter #2 Eng Esp

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