Summer vacation is just a few days away! Just because the school year is ending, that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. You can help prevent summer learning loss (“summer slide”) by encouraging your kids to keep reading during the summer months.
Children who read during the summer break from school gain important skills. Studies have shown that children who read more become better readers and reading can become a more enjoyable experience.
So how can you keep your child reading this summer?
Make book available all around your home.
Make good use of travel time – Keep a basket or tote full of books in your vehicle so your child can entertain themselves in the car instead of asking “are we there yet? every 2 minutes.
For longer car trips, instead of watching a movie or everyone listening to their own music, listen to an audio book.
Read out loud to your children – Start reading to your child at infancy and continue even after they are able to read on their own.
“Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.”
— Marilyn Jager Adams
Read Outdoors – Spend some time reading outside in the backyard, at the park or beach and on your front porch swing.
Lead by Example – Your children should see you reading. Talk to your children about the things you are reading and how the information is benefiting you.
Turn Off The TV –
TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six. Open your child’s imagination. Open a book. ~Author Unknown
Family reading time especially before bedtime will help relax your children for a peaceful nights sleep.
Take your Child to the Library Regularly!
Visit Local New & Used Book Stores.
Host a Book Club with your child’s friends.
Crafting Time – Make some fun bookmarks together.
Reading Logs – Print up a reading log where your child can document the books and minutes read.
Reading Rewards! How about a trip to 7-11 for a Slurpee or a visit to one of Wyandotte’s wonderful ice cream shops for a sweet treat to celebrate each weeks reading success.
Summer Reading Programs – Take part in summer reading programs. Check your local library and book stores for summer reading programs.
Summer Reading runs from June-August. The program kick off is Saturday, June 15 from 10am – 12pm. Kids read throughout the Summer and are rewarded with small prizes and a ticket to their Annual Summer Reading Carnival!
“The Ukazoo Summer Reading Program has started! Kids 13 and under can come in and grab a reading journal . Fill out your reading journal and bring it back to receive one free used kids book! The school who has the most students return forms will win 50 free books. Come on down to the ‘zoo and make your school proud!”
Last year our children took part in both programs and LOVED it!
“The Benefits of Reading are many! Success in school, in work, in human relations, in understanding the world we live in, and in forging closer bonds of love between parent and child are just some of them, not to mention the sheer satisfaction that reading and study bring.”
Remember Summer Reading Should Be a FUN Experience for the Whole Family.
Check out my Pinterest Board “Books Worth Reading” http://pinterest.com/BettyJHayden/books-worth-reading-betty-s-book-shelf/ there you will find ideas for what to read, bookmarks, cute reading nooks, reading log printables, book caddy’s and more!
Happy Summer Reading to you and your family!