Summer 2010

This Boletín includes information about summer reading and finding connections between books and fun activities!

Type of Newsletter: Boletin
Date: July, 2010

This is the English version of our Spanish-language newsletter, the Boletín informativo Colorín Colorado, which is written with Spanish-speaking parents and families in mind. Many of the articles included in the original Spanish version of the Boletín informativo are also available in English! For those that aren't we'll provide you with a summary and a link to the article in Spanish.

This Boletín includes information about summer reading and finding connections between books and fun activities!

Many articles in this newsletter will make great handouts for parents! We hope that you will be able to share the information in this newsletter with Hispanic parents and families who are trying to help their children become successful readers. You are welcome to print and distribute (crediting www.ColorinColorado.org), or you can use our "Tell-a-friend" feature.

Don't forget to check Colorín Colorado for updates, tips, and much more!

Reading and school success

Time for Summer Learning

Summer is a fun season full of interesting facts, new places, and adventures. These may lead to lots of questions from your kids and the chance to read new books together. Learn how you can grab hold of one of your child's questions and start a journey of discovery together from our updated Summer Learning resources!

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For more ideas on how to encourage summer reading, take a look at these tips:

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Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Before the First Day

If your child is starting kindergarten in the fall, there are many things you can do this summer to help make the transition easier. Take a look at these tips from Terrific Transitions for ideas!

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Let's Read!

Bring History to Life with Books and Stories

Family reunions, summer vacations, visiting grandparents — the summer is a great time for stories new and old! Help children develop an interest in the history around them or in family history with books and storytelling. Here are some ideas for getting started.

Make History Come Alive with Books

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Telling Family Stories

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Beach Booklist

If you're looking for some fun summer reading, take a look at these beach stories for children! From Bebé's beach adventures to an exploration of the treasures found in the sand, parents and children will enjoy reading these beach books together.

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New! Baseball Booklist

If your kids or students like baseball or softball, they are sure to enjoy these stories, many of which are bilingual. Some are about Latino players like Roberto Clemente and Alex Rodriguez, while others focus on the stories of young children who took refuge in the game, such as a young girl from China and Japanese-Americans playing baseball in internment camps during World War II. For older students, be sure to take a look at AdLit.org's baseball booklist!

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Book of the Month

Out of the Ballpark
By Alex Rodriguez
Illustrated by Frank Morrison

This story, written by Alex Rodriguez, is inspired by his childhood passion for baseball — which included getting up at 5 a.m. to practice! Find out how Alex decides to fix his mistakes on the field as a big championship game approaches. Warm, vivid pastel illustrations bring the Alex, his home baseball diamond, and the tropical background to life. Spanish version available.

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Research, Guides, and More

Parent Question of the Month

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents presents real questions that parents have sent in, and answers from experts with tips and other recommended resources. We will continue to add new questions each month to this section. If you don't see a question you would like answered, be sure to send us an e-mail! Questions are also available in Spanish.

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Los Bloguitos

Los Bloguitos is a blog for children who read and speak Spanish. You'll find stories, poetry, riddles, drawings and much more!

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New resource! Web Resources in Spanish

Take a look at our new section of recommended websites and bilingual games for kids, as well as our new section of recommended web resources in Spanish!

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Swimming Safety

During the summer and all year round, it's important to keep kids safe in the water. Practice these summer safety tips, and share them at school, camp, and in the neighborhood.

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About the Boletín informativo ¡Colorín Colorado!

Colorín Colorado's Boletín informativo is a Spanish-language e-newsletter about reading and other educational issues, aimed at parents of Latino English language learners.

Major funding for ColorinColorado.org comes from the American Federation of Teachers, with additional support from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The site was created by WETA/Reading Rockets, who takes full responsibility for its content. The points of view expressed in the articles included do not necessarily reflect the points of view of WETA, Reading Rockets, or any organizations who support us.

This e-newsletter is part of ColorinColorado.org, a free web-based service that provides information, activities, and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs).

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