Continuing with our Summer Reading series of blogs, we would like to make another suggestion to ensure a summer full of reading. Our last few blogs were about how to stop summer learning loss and get even the most reluctant readers excited about reading. Today we encourage you to empower the kids by making them part of the process by having them help to create a positive at-home reading environment.
A reading-friendly home environment is more than just a quiet comfortable place to sit and read. A home reading environment checklist includes:
- Creating a special place for independent reading, which could be a bedroom, family room, or outdoor space
- Making books available around the house and in the car
- Establishing family reading time where adults and children read together or on their own
- Regular conversations about books, newspapers, magazines, movies or special television shows at family meals
Of course we encourage you to use READS to verify that the kids understand what they have read without your having to read everything that they read.