Every day during the school year, our teachers work to ensure that their students are prepared for the challenges of the next grade level. Every Fall our students return from the Summer a little less ready than when our teachers left them.
Top education experts have a few tips for parents to help their child avoid the summer brain drain and make warm weather reading easy and a lot of fun!
- Explore our local libraries. Find out when it is open and how to get a library card. Many libraries even have free summer programs and offer online books.
- Encourage your child to read at least four to six books over the summer break. Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. Make sure the material is age appropriate and match the child's interest and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area.
- Read daily. Encourage your child to read something every day. Parents can help identify opportunities such as the newspaper, a magazine, TV guide, recipes, arts and crafts book, read to a sibling or friend, share a comic strip, while out in the car select a billboard or ad, even a license plate. You don't have to search far. The opportunities to read are endless.
- Talk with your child's teacher. They can provide suggestions of grade level books and resources.
- Read to your child. Reading aloud benefits all students, especially those who need help improving their reading skills. Listening will help a child build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will knowledge and expand their experience with text. This will help them when reading alone.
- Make it fun. Get involved in the The Scholastic Summer Challenge. It’s a free global reading program aimed at encouraging students to read throughout the summer months. Kids read books, log their minutes, and earn virtual rewards all summer Active Bodies, Active Minds.