Even though school will be out for the summer, children should not give up on reading. Summer is a great time to improve your reading skills. It is easier for children to develop a love for reading if there are fewer competing priorities in their lives. If your child is already an avid reader, you will not have to put in much effort. As parents, we must come up with fresh strategies for engaging kids who are apprehensive. Summer reading may be a lot of fun if you plan.
Make a Reading Schedule.
Set aside a specific period each day for reading. If possible, pick a time when there are not a lot of conflicting obligations. That indicates it is almost time for us to retire to our beds for the evening. It was around nap time while my smaller siblings were sleeping as a child. To us, having free time is more of a privilege than a responsibility.
Set a Library Week or Day
Plan a library outing. Our summer calendar includes a weekly library day (so the kids can hold me responsible!). A different approach might be preferable. The idea is to have it in your routine.
To Participate in or not to Participate in Summer Reading Programs
If your hesitant reader enjoys ticking items off a to-do list and working toward a goal, a summer reading program may be just the ticket. The books can be found at many bookstores and libraries.
Read Aloud to Your Children.
A child may love listening to someone else read to them even if they do not enjoy reading aloud. Providing children with texts that are more difficult than they can read on their own can also help them enhance their comprehension skills. This time of year is ideal for reading aloud in the evenings. We are less concerned with bedtimes now that school is not in session.
Use Your Imagination to Devise Fun Ways to Incorporate Reading into Your Summer Plans.
After spending some time in the park, you will have a newfound enthusiasm for learning about zoological animals. When you are on a family road trip, reading a book about trucks to your child will undoubtedly keep them more engaged than you imagine.
Reading Material can be Found Almost Anywhere.
If you want to encourage reading in your kids, do not limit them to just books. You are capable of even becoming sneakier than you think. Here are a few ideas:
- Ensure you read the instructions before playing games or engaging in other activities.
- Children’s magazines
- Comic books
- Environmental print includes things like packaging signs and labels.
- When dining out, restaurants often provide special menus for children.
- Maps and brochures are perfect for a road trip this summer!
Pursue their Interests
Ask your youngster what topics they would like to learn more about in the future. Find nonfiction literature about your case once you have narrowed it down. Use your judgment on what he can read on his own and what he needs your help with. Going back to the books is possible after completing additional activities or videos.
Help Them Choose Books They Cannot Keep Down
In reality, children’s books with page-turners are a choice. You must select an appropriate book for your child’s reading level and interests. Be open to a variety of possibilities and see what emerges from it.
Look for More of the Same
Begin the search for new books she will enjoy by using the ones she already likes. We have had tremendous success with series like The Magic Treehouse and The Calendar Mysteries. An excellent resource for finding non-series titles is the Scholastic Book Wizard.
Have a Good Time
Reading might be tedious for children who are not yet proficient readers. There are a vast number of materials available to help students learn and practice the language. For example, practice summer-themed sight word problems. By using your imagination, you can create unique games. That would be a lot of fun to do together.
Host a Book Swap
Organize a book swap with the help of your children’s friends, your neighborhood, or your children’s school. Every time a child brings a book to swap, allow them to select a new book to read this summer. When it comes to reading, summer is the best time of year. As school is out, kids have more free time, and parents are likelier to encourage reading throughout the summer.
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