What can we do to keep children reading during the summer? Why not make sharing books part of your family's summer fun? It is a fact that students can develop a "reading slump" over the summer. Teachers and literacy experts know that children of all ages need to be read to or to read by themselves and to talk about books over the summer. Summer reading and book discussions will help them maintain their reading skills, improve their reading fluency, and learn new vocabulary and concepts. Many libraries off summer reading programs for teens and children.
Parents can do some of the following activities to keep children reading over the summer:
- Combine activities and books
- Visit the library
- Help kids find time to read
- Have plenty of reading material around
- Use books to break the boredom
- Read aloud with kids
The long, lazy days of summer offer kids lots of opportunities to discover new interests, new books and the pure pleasure of reading just for fun. Summer is also a great time for hands-on explorations that connect kids to what they're reading - that helps build background knowledge and ensures that children are ready for the challenges of the new school year.