Summer is a time to have fun and relax. However, it is a proven fact that your child should keep learning throughout the Summer in order to keep up with all the skiils that they have learned throughout the year.
Within this guide you will find fun summer learning ideas and resources to keep your child reading, writing, problem solving and imagining throughout the Summer.
7 Ways to make Summer Reading a NON-CHORE!
1 Studies show that kids read more when they see others reading*—so make time to read yourself. Curl up with a book, right where your kid can see you.
Reading as a leisure activity is the best predictor of comprehension, vocabulary, 2 and reading speed.** Remember that “reading” is not just novels; picture books,
non-fiction, magazines, comics, and audiobooks all count.
Kids often report that they have a hard time finding books that they like. If that 3 happens, have a friend recommend books. Your kids are much more likely to
enjoy something recommended by a friend than by a grown-up.
4 Plan regular trips to the library to refresh your reading options. Bank Street Library is open Mon-Thurs 9-9:45; Fri 9-5; Sat 10-5 (August Mon-Fri 9-5). Check out your local public library, too.
5 Visit bookstores for author events and storyhours, and invite friends too! Check bankstreetbooks.com for Bank Street Bookstore’s calendar.
6 Make bookstore visits a treat. Give kids a set amount of money to buy a book or two, and just let it go when they choose The Day My Butt Went Psycho.
7 To understand what your child may be feeling about reading-as-chore, read Summer Reading Is Killing Me (Jon Scieszka) or Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little (Peggy Elizabeth Gifford).
*Krashen, Stephen D. The Power of Reading: Insights From the Research. Libraries Unlimited: USA, 2004. **Ibid.