Dear LA Teacher,
Do you have any suggestions about how I can encourage my children read this summer?
Dear Worried Mom,
Too many children believe that summer vacation means brain rest and reading is taboo. They couldn’t be further from the truth.
As a reading specialist and classroom teacher, I spend the first two months of the school year reviewing reading skills atrophied during the blistering hot summer. And it’s not just me.
The reality of summer reading loss is well documented. It is especially evident in students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
The Los Angeles Public Library has the answer—the 2014 Summer Reading Club for kids (0-11) and teens (11 on up) from June 9-August 2.
Younger children can read books with volunteers and teens, see free shows, make art or science projects, and have a free lunch at one of the library’s Summer Lunches. Even when the summer is done, there is always help with homework. Talk to a librarian for detailed information.
Teens can join the Summer Reading Club, too. Teens can get involved and help younger children improve their reading skills. While they have fun with the smaller kids, teens will be surprised how their reading skills will improve, too. They can pick up their FREE game board at their local public library. Do it soon because supplies are limited for some of the craft and food programs. Some programs will be limited to the first twenty arrivals.
Summer reading is a must to keep young minds active. The LAPL has a piece of the puzzle, so take advantage of it today. And if you want to just kick back at home, the slide show offers a few book suggestions for kids of all ages.
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