Okay…moment’s over. It’s back to reality. Summer will be busy with scheduling camps, play-dates, and squeezing in a vacation. Oh…and some of you may still need to deal with getting your kids through summer school. But even with all that, have you noticed we don’t seem to complain as much during the summer? It must be the sunshine and warm weather that makes our busy lives seem just a little lighter.
You and your children have worked hard this school year and it would be a shame to see your efforts go to waste. I offer the following information to help you assist your child in maintaining the academic gains he/she made this year.
- When children choose their own reading materials and read for enjoyment, they receive the most gains in reading achievement.
- Children (and teens) read more when adults encourage them to read.
- Children that see the adults in their lives reading often tend to read more themselves.
- Reading just 4-5 books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall.
Here are a few tips for parents I selected from different websites to help prevent “summer slide”. These tips are manageable for those summer months when we all just want to play and have fun.
1. Check out the library. They usually have a summer program designed to help motivate kids to read over the summer. They also have book lists of recommended book titles by age/grade level. Make it a habit to visit regularly. THE LIBRARY IS FREE!
2. Have your child read something every day! Let them read magazines, the back of the cereal box, comics in the newspaper, TV guide schedule, the grocery list, recipes on-line, and the books he/she checked out of the library. Have them read to you, grandparents, aunts & uncles, siblings, and even the family pet. Struggling readers benefit from listening to books on tape while following along with a copy of the book (books on tape are available for free at the library).
3. Make sure you read aloud to your child. Reading to your child helps increase their vocabulary, promotes language development and aids in building their listening comprehension. Every time you read aloud to your child you are building that life-long love of books and reading.
4. Each time your child reads a book or listens to you read a book – add the book title to an on-going list titled “BOOKS WE READ OVER THE SUMMER” and proudly place it on the refrigerator for everyone to see!
These suggestions were not so bad, right? Easy to do and beneficial - a winning combination.
Now… go make some wonderful summer memories!
See you next time,