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5 Tips for Practicing Literacy Skills Over Winter Break with Reading Eggs

5 Tips for Practicing Literacy Skills Over Winter Break with Reading Eggs

The holiday season brings a lot of joy, but it can also bring a lot of starts and stops to your school schedule. And when it comes to literacy learning, where persistence is key to building skill, rigor, and stamina, the last thing you want is for a winter learning slide to hinder your and your students’ progress when class resumes in January.

You already know that Reading Eggs is loaded with fun and engaging features designed to capture and hold student interest as they are led through lessons and activities aligned to the five pillars of reading. So why not put these features to work in the days leading up to and over winter break? Don’t let your students' literacy learning progress freeze up over the holidays, check out these five tips on using Reading Eggs while school is out:

1. Reading Eggs Scavenger Hunt

There are so many fun areas to learn and to play in Reading Eggs, your students could probably spend a whole day exploring. Make up a fun scavenger list of activities and program areas for your students to visit over break and challenge them to try and complete it before you all return to school in January. You can include things like: play an Arcade game, read a book in the Library, complete one lesson, buy a new hat for your avatar, take a Driving Test, and visit the Story Factory. Individualizing your students’ scavenger hunt is also a creative way to coax certain students towards certain program areas you’d like them to work on over break. For example, if you know a student needs some sight word help, steer them towards driving tests. Or if you have a student who has been taking a while to finish a story map, challenge them to complete it in time for then new year.

2. Take advantage of assignments

If you want to make sure your students are working on skills and concepts you’ve selected for them even when they can’t be in the classroom, an assignment will do just the trick. Assignments are easy to schedule out in advance, and students will be alerted once the due date window has opened for them to complete it as soon as they log in. Even if you don’t want to assign work for your students to complete over break (because who likes homework over break?) time off from school is a great opportunity for you to review your students progress and schedule out their assignment for when classes resume in January.

3. Have your students reflect on their reading accomplishments

Learning to read can be a tough job, and students may not always be aware of how much progress they are making as they practice day to day. Using Reading Eggs reports, you can build a picture of how your students have improved since the beginning of the year. Have your students reflect on how much they think they have grown, then meet with them for a minute or two one and one after taking a look over their data, and share with them how much progress they’ve made. Every student, from those who are now reading entire pages with ease and fluency, to those who are now more confident in recognizing sight words but still need a little help, everyone will appreciate a little bit of affirmation, and hearing they are making progress. This also gives you a head start on looking over your student’s data and beginning to game plan for when school kicks back up after break.

4. Announce a “Most Eggs Earned” competition

Students love earning golden eggs in Reading Eggs, so keep the fun going over break by announcing an Egg Earning competition. Before school lets out, pass out notecards and have all your students write their name and record the number of golden eggs they have in their Reading Eggs accounts. Collect the cards, then tell them that whoever can earn the most eggs over break gets a small prize, like a homework pass or first pick from the classroom library. Not only does this encourage your students to log in from home during the holidays to continue working on lessons and activities that will earn them eggs, the competition element means they won’t even think of it as “homework over break” but rather a fun way to spend some down time. 

5. No tech? No problem!

Even if your students don’t have computer access at home, letting them spend their last day before break playing around on Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress is a great way to close out a year of hard work and literacy gains on a high note (plus, you can always save the Egg Earning competition for when you return to school in January.) Don’t let technology access stand in the way of your students reading gains. Check out these five tech-free tips for keeping your students reading over winter break!

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McKenna Wierman studied Journalism at the University of Mississippi, and has worked with Edmentum since June 2016. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes that empowered teachers are the key to successful students.