In between swimming at the pool, vacation, playdates and all the fun summer activities we have planned for our families how do we fit in time for them to read? Studies show that achievement loss can be prevented if children keep up their reading skills over the summer. Here are some ideas on ways to mix it up a little:
- Take your children to the public library weekly to pick out books and read to you or siblings. Check your local library’s summer reading programs and suggested readings for your child’s age. Allow your child to have his own library card to make him/her feel more independent and give them a sense of ownership. Libraries do not have a minimum age requirement on pass holders.
- Keep books accessible in your home, car, on vacation. If books are constantly around, the better the chances your child will pick them up to read.
- Magazines are a good reading resource as well. Let your child pick a subscription to their favorite children’s magazine. Sit with him/her for them to read to you. Help them sound out words they have difficulty with. (We chose National Geographic for kids.)
- There are many online resources for reading with fun games.
- If they reach their reading goals, treat them to a new book at a bookstore. Let your child pick it out.