Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Summer--Don't Forget to Read

     Summer is a great time for families. Make it a great learning time for your kids. Help them continue those good reading habits they developed during the school year. Children who don't read on a regular basis during the summer start school in the fall already behind. They will waste valuable time in August and September trying to catch up.

     I found this great article about summer reading.  It says everything I wanted to say to the parents of my Title 1 students as we head into summer.
***The following information comes from the ccld (The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities). I found it at a site called LD Online, which is their official Internet site.

Summer Reading Tips for Parents

Summer shouldn't mean taking a break from learning, especially reading. Studies show that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read actually gain skills. Efforts should be made during the summer to help children sustain reading skills, practice reading and read for enjoyment.

Reading builds visualization, thinking and language abilities. Taking the time to read with your child can help you evaluate your child's reading skills. A recent National Institutes of Health study showed that 67 percent of young students at risk for reading difficulties became average or above average readers after receiving help in the early grades.

Parents should remember that children need free time in the summer to relax and enjoy the pleasures of childhood. So summer reading should be fun. Following are a few tips to make reading enjoyable for your children this summer:

1. Read aloud together with your child every day. Find a place outside!

2. Set a good example. Let children see you turn off the television and read.

3. Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it.

4. Let kids choose what they want to read, and don't turn your nose up at popular fiction.

5. Buy books on tape, especially for a child with a learning disability.

6. Take your child to the library regularly.

7. Subscribe, in your child's name, to magazines like Sports Illustrated for Kids, Highlights for Children, or National Geographic World.

8. Ease disappointment over summer separation from a favorite school friend by encouraging them to become pen pals.  Reading and writing support each other.

9. Make trips a way to encourage reading by reading aloud traffic signs, billboards, notices.

10. Encourage children to keep a summer scrapbook.

Have a great summer!  See you in the fall!