As the school year winds down, and you make summer plans for vacation, camps, and other activities, don’t forget about reading! Students who read over the summer are much more likely to hold the gains they’ve made during the school year and even increase their reading skills.
Here are some tips to make reading with your child this summer both fun and productive.
Keep a record of what your child reads over the summer on a Summer Reading Log. Doing so is a great way to help children see their progress. Your child can bring his or her summer reading log in to show his or her new teacher in the fall and earn a ticket to a movie party in the library!
Increase the difficulty of the books you select for your child as he or she progresses. While favorite books can be like best friends—reassuring and familiar—beginning readers need to be appropriately challenged to continually develop their skills. pioneervalleybooks.com/parents/bookfinder offers an easy online assessment to see what reading level your child is at.
Encourage your child to create their own stories. You can find a free Family Stories activity at pioneervalleybooks.com/parents/news to get you started.
Whatever methods you choose, encourage your child to read all summer long. The rewards in the fall will be worth the effort!