"But it's summer vacation! I don't want to read!"
Does your kid hit you with this complaint when you suggest some summer reading? Do you fall for it?
Yes, yes, everyone has fond memories for idyllic childhood summer vacations. Days full of lying in the sun and running through the sprinkler. Reading doesn't have to spoil a child's summer, though. These days it seems that most kids spend their summers indoors, tied to a screen. Will memories of video games and Facebook seem all that idyllic when you child grows up? Reading can be the key to generating those great childhood summer memories when your kid gets older.
Reading can also help avoid the dreaded Summer Learning Loss by providing an easy, and even fun, avenue for skills practice while school is out. Yes, your child should be reading some challenging books at their level to help keep their skills fresh. But, there are so many ways in which you can help make reading a fun and exciting part of your child's summer.
- Field trips, their not just for school. Take your child on a field trip associated with a book your child is reading. Reading The Night at the Museum? Take a trip to the museum! Go to the theater to see The Hunger Games after reading the book! See a play, go to the library for storytelling, visit a park or historic site - the opportunities are endless, and fun! Even Olivia loves the art museum.
- Start a book club. Have fun as the whole family reads a novel together. A book club provides you and your child a great opportunity to spend quality time together. Take turns reading aloud from the book. This allows you to keep tabs on your child's fluency, and in turn let's them sit back and relax while you read aloud to them (and they continue to practice their comprehension skills!).
- Comic books and magazines are our friends. No really. Who said reading had to be challenging all the time? There are many other venues for your child to practice their reading skills and learn that reading is fun. Comic books, magazines, newspapers, online articles, even subtitled movies can be great fun, and still encourage your child to read. Some even provide challenging story lines and vocabulary to keep your child entertained while they grow their skills.
How do you encourage your child to read during the summer?