SOL Reading Program / El programa de Lectura SOL

Collinswood’s Summer Reading Program: SOL (Summer of Learning)

Program Overview
SOL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Program Overview

What are your summer plans? Are you ready to introduce your children to new friends, take them to magical lands, let them experience nail-biting sports, and much more? Then encourage them to participate in Collinswood’s Annual SOL (Summer of Learning) reading program (and maybe also win a prize or two)! If you have questions, contact the SOL co-chairs, Kim Tyson and Erricca Rodriguez.

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Why read?

Summer reading is critical for kids to maintain their academic achievement level. Kids who read between 4-6 books during the summer are more likely to prevent the loss of learning that occurs when school is out. Kids who read more than five books are more likely to grow. As parents, we are the first and primary teacher for our children. If parents are actively involved in their children’s reading progress, children have a greater likelihood of succeeding. This summer, we are again collaborating to support our children’s reading through the SOL program!

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How the program works

  1. Students set a goal for the number of hours to read over the summer. The goal can be any amount. The tally sheets have space for 100 hours of reading but children are expected to read at the level that is right for them. If you want help setting a goal, see the heading: What goal is reasonable?
  2. Students read then shade boxes on the tally sheet to record the duration of reading time. If your child reads in his or her non-native language (i.e., the language not spoken in your home), your child doubles the reading time. For help in explaining assigning time to the language of the book, see the heading: How does my child record time for reading in different languages?
  3. When school starts in the fall, students return completed tally sheet to their homeroom teachers no later than September 8th.
  4. A student who participates in SOL (meaning any student who reads and returns a tally sheet by September 8th) is a winner! If you want to see what you could win, see the heading: What are the benefits of participating in SOL?
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Fundraising

In addition to being a reading program, SOL is also a fundraiser. Expenses of the SOL program (e.g., printing, t-shirts, fall party) are funded through donations and sponsorships by local businesses. Pledges that your child brings to the school are donated back to the school and used for teacher development and classroom supplies/expenses. For more information about funding, see the heading: How are funds raised from SOL used?

If your child returns a cpledge card by June 2, he will earn a raffle ticket for the fall SOL party. If your child returns pledges of any amount, he will earn 2 additional raffle tickets for the SOL party. For help in understanding how pledges work, see the heading: How do pledges work?

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Do I have to read a book?

You can read traditional books but you can also read online, go to story times or other library events, read cook books, comic books, magazines – anything that is reading! Your school passwords will continue to work over the summer. For more information about the school’s online resources, see the heading: How do I find the online reading programs through the school?

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Do you have tips to get kids reading?

Our favorite tips to get kids reading are to set books and magazines in the car or in your bag so that during quiet times while your child is just waiting, he can have reading time. For example, consider leaving a cereal box on the table during breakfast to see if he reads the back of the box. Reading together is especially important, even if it is just to snuggle together on Sunday morning to look at the comics together. Additional resources are below, including public service announcements by celebrities to promote reading.

Tip Sheets / Book Lists

NC Reads Summer Reading Tips for Parents (English)
NC Reads Consejos para padres sobre la lectura veraniega (Español)
Parent Tips: Summer Reading (English)
Consejos de lectura de verano para padres (Español)
Take a Break, but Bring a Book! (English)
Tómese un descanso, ¡pero traiga un libro! (Español)
Making Reading Relevant: Read, Learn, and Do! (K-3) (English)
Darle importancia a la lectura: ¡Leer, aprender, hacer! (K-3) (Español)
Reading Rockets Family Guide (Bilingual/Bilingüe)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library's Bookhive (English)

Reading Public Service Announcements

Usher: Reading gives you a world of possibility (English)
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens reading PSA (English)
Taylor Swift talks books and music with kids (English)
Justin Tuck, NY Giants, reading is the key to a better life (English)
Whoopi Goldberg (comedienne): read every day PSA despite dyslexia (English)
Dav Pilkey summer reading (English)
Dav Pilkey reading gives you superpower (English)
Dav Pilkey Power of Reading for Fun (English)
Patrick Stewart (stage actor) Reading PSA

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What goal is reasonable?

You and your child should set his reading goal based on what is right for your child. The tally sheet contains space for 100 hours but that might be too high of an expectation for your child and too much stress for your family. Alternatively, your child may love to read, particularly in his non-native language, and you find that by July, you need to print more tally sheets.

Example – Goal Setting: Summer break is 11 weeks. If your child reads for 30 minutes each day in his native language, his reading goal would be 38.5 hours. Because he will receive an extra prize and raffle ticket if he reads up to 40 hours, consider adding an extra 1.5 hours to the goal or having your child read at least 1.5 hours in his non-native language.

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How does my child record time for reading in different languages?

If you speak Spanish in the home and your child reads a book written in English for 15 minutes, your child darkens two boxes as if he or she read for 30 minutes. If your child reads a book written in Spanish for 15 minutes, your child darkens one box.

If you speak English in the home and your child reads a book written in Spanish for 15 minutes, your child darkens two boxes as if he or she read for 30 minutes. If your child reads a book written in English for 15 minutes, your child darkens one box.

Students who speak both languages at home can double the reading time for reading in the language that is more difficult for them.

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Is there an online option?

This year, rising middle school students (i.e., students who will be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the fall of 2017) will be able to access a SOL form through googledocs or may also submit a paper form

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If we participate in other summer reading program do we also participate in SOL?

Yes! Your child can count reading time for SOL the same as reading time for any other summer reading program. Summer reading programs around town offer rewards to children for reading. Therefore, your child could earn prizes from the public library, free books from bookstores, and a t-shirt, a great reading party, smaller prizes based on hours read, and raffle tickets to win bigger prizes from SOL – all for the same amount of reading. We will update links as they become available but we were available of the following summer reading programs in Charlotte:

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What are the benefits of participating in SOL?

  1. The first rewards are that your child is joining the community of readers at Collinswood and is helping himself retain the academic progress he developed over the school year. He is also developing a love of learning and is learning to see the world differently. To see the impact of reading on celebrities, see these Reading Public Service Announcements.
  2. In addition, every child who participates in SOL:
    • Is invited to participate in the SOL party on September 29
    • Receive a SOL t-shirt (which will become the new Friday t-shirt)
    • Receive a raffle ticket for grand prizes (such as a bike and a Fit Bit). Our volunteers work all summer collecting prizes!
    • The top reader from each grade will receive a prize.
    • Also, for reading at certain levels, you will receive the following additional raffle tickets and/or prizes

     

    10 hours = 1 more raffle ticket!
    20 hours = 1 more raffle ticket and a no uniform day!
    30 hours = 1 more raffle ticket!
    40 hours = 1 more raffle ticket and a no homework pass!
    50 hours = 1 more raffle ticket!
    60 hours = 1 more raffle ticket and a popsicle day!
    70 hours = 1 more raffle ticket!
    80 hours = 1 more raffle ticket and a Rubix cube keychain!
    90 hours = 1 more raffle ticket!
    100 hours = 1 more raffle ticket and a tie-dye shirt!

Every child who returns a pledge card by June 2 will receive an additional raffle ticket and every child who returns the pledged amount by September 8 will receive 2 additional raffle tickets (3 tickets total for the pledge card and pledges)

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How are funds raised from SOL used?

SOL is funded by local businesses. The SOL committee asks local businesses to sponsor the program. Those proceeds are used to pay for printing, shirts, and for the SOL party. We also seek donations from local businesses for prizes that are the grand prizes for the raffles. If you have a connection to a potential business sponsor, see the FAQ: How do I reach out to business sponsors? In addition to the business sponsors, students seek pledges for time read. Pledges that your child brings to the school are donated back to the school and used for teacher training and classroom expenses.

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How do pledges work?

Your child can earn up to three additional raffle tickets by getting pledges to sponsor his reading time. If your child returns a pledge card by June 2, they will earn an additional raffle ticket for the fall SOL party. If your child returns pledges of any amount, they will earn 2 additional raffle tickets for the SOL party. This means that if your child returned a pledge commitment card on time and returned in a pledge of any amount, they will receive 3 raffle tickets in addition to the raffle tickets they earned for reading.

A child can receive pledges either as a set amount or based on hours read.

  • As a set amount: David’s grandmother pledges $10 for David. This amount doesn’t change based on how much David reads. David collects $10 from his grandma.
  • Based on hours read: Mia’s uncle pledges $1.00 for every hour she reads and her aunt pledges 10¢ for every hour she reads. Mia read 40 hours. Mia collects $40 from her uncle and $4 from her aunt.

 

Your child is not required to have pledges in order to participate in SOL. Even if your child can’t get pledges, he or she can still participate by reading

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How do I find the online reading programs through the school?

The online learning programs (Dreambox, Raz Kids, Compass Learning, and more) are available through the CMS Student Portal, as well as access to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library’s One Access. (Students can use their CMS student ID as their library card to read online!)

Also check out Mrs. Wager’s symbaloo for students to use all summer long as well as Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. If you forgot the password for either of the Brain Pops, our contact information is under the heading: Who is the contact for questions or to give a suggestion?

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Do you have recommended booklists?

The most important thing is for your child to read, which means that your child might want to choose his own books but if you are also looking for some suggestions, consider these lists:

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How do I reach out to business sponsors?

If you own a business, have connections to a business, or are a good customer to a business, you might be able to help get a business sponsorship or a prize donated. Please contact us for a sponsorship letter.

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Who is the contact for questions or to give a suggestion?

If you have questions, let us know. Also, if you have suggestions on how to get more kids to participate in SOL, we would love to hear them! This year’s SOL co-chairs are Erricca Rodriguez and Kim Tyson.

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