Summertime is only a few days away and school vacation quickly follows the arrival of summer. Many of us may remember a favorite childhood chant we use to scream – No more teachers – no more books … BUT wait – now as parents that has been replaced with – Summer Slide – OH NO- what should we do???
As we explained in our May 14th blog, titled “ Time to start planning how to avoid the dreaded Summer Learning Loss ”, “Summer Slide” does not refer to summer fun on water slides. It refers to the loss of some of the academic gains of the previous school year. The “Summer Slide” is common, but not inevitable.
Some fun ways to keep the kids learning, without letting them know they’re learning, is to start with a trip to your local library.
Many public libraries offer summer reading programs, which is a great way to keep your children reading during the summer months. Check out the programs at your local library and get your children excited about it. Make it a date every week to meet the other kids at the library and join in the activity.
Even if your public library is not planning such an event, you can create your own summer reading program.
- Plan a trip to the library with your children each week or every other week.
- Pick a theme based on the kids’ interests. Maybe they are into dinosaurs at the moment. Have them choose books about dinosaurs and let them tell you about what they read.
- Plan a trip to a local natural history museum if one is close, or rent a movie about the creatures to watch together. For a child who likes to work with their hands, make a diorama together of a prehistoric scene in a shoebox, and include small plastic dinosaurs as a reward.
Activities like this can work with many different kinds of interests.
It is easy to incorporate the READS reading comprehension systemr into these activities, too. The suggestions on the cards are a great way to determine if your child comprehends the material read. Choosing which cards to use each time promotes discussion and interaction between you and your child. It’s summer, keep it light, keep it fun, but by all means, keep them reading!
Feel free to share some of your own tips for encouraging young readers during the summer. We’d love to hear them.