25 Assets and Concepts to Assist College students Learn Extra In the course of the Summer season

contributed by Dr. Kimberly Tyson

This post has been updated and republished

Summer is here. Your child likely has a countdown on the fridge or tucked away in their notebook.

For the past school year, your child’s school supported and encouraged independent reading in order to build your child’s fluency, vocabulary and enjoyment of reading. And you probably did the same thing at home.

With summer approaching, it’s the perfect time to think about what you can do to help your child read independently in the hot weeks ahead.

In this post, I’m going to share a few facts about summer reading loss and 13 ideas on how parents can support and encourage reading during the summer vacation (and stop the summer reading slide).

Loss of reading in summer

Loss of reading in summer is real. Did you know that the best predictor of summer losses or summer gains is whether or not a child reads in the summer? And the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not they own books. In addition, summer reading loss, or “summer setback”, is a major problem for children from low-income families.

If your child doesn’t read in the summer, they are likely to lose their skills, but most importantly, they are missing out on the important role reading can play in personal growth – especially the development of children and teenagers. Children need to read outside of school. Research clearly shows that the key to tackling summer reading loss is finding new ways to get books into the hands of children and teens during the summer vacation.

Yes, the loss of reading in summer is real. The good news is that you can avoid reading losses in summer. Continue reading. I will give you some important things to think about and suggestions on how to motivate and encourage your child to read.

First, you should know that motivation is important. Children don’t just need books … they need the right books. Providing children with appropriate books – books that suit their skills and interests – is an important first step in encouraging voluntary reading. If you don’t already know, find out what kind of books – genres, authors, subjects, books of a series – your child likes to read.

Studies suggest that children who read only six books in the summer retained the level of reading skills they achieved in the previous school year. Reading more books leads to even greater success. If children are provided with 10 to 20 children’s books of their own choosing at the end of the regular school year, up to 50 percent not only retain their skills, but even make reading gains.

12 Resources & 13 Ideas to Slow Down Summer Reading Loss

1. Visit your local library – often

Your local library can often serve as the best resource for your child to read over the summer. If you don’t have a library card, it’s easy to get (just provide proof that you live in town). And let your child apply for a library card too. And don’t be afraid to ask for help. A librarian will help you and your child find just the right books to fill their backpack and read.

2. Enroll your child in a summer reading program

Many libraries encourage reading by offering a summer reading program for students of all ages. Sometimes there are incentives to read them all summer long. Register your child – it’s free.

In Indianapolis, where I live, I just saw a poster of Marion County’s summer reading program at the bank! How cool is that Check out her colorful poster.

3. Have your child record their books

When your child is still young, a kind of “tracker” or documentation of progress can be motivating. Not only does it help you track your progress, the tracker sheet can be a source of conversation as well. For example, you may find that your child chooses fictional choices primarily. Discuss this and encourage him or her to look at several non-fiction books the next time you visit the library.

4. Check if your school has library lessons in the summer

More and more schools are supporting summer reading by keeping their library open all summer. Although the hours are reduced, it still provides an opportunity to stay connected with school and keep your child reading.

5. Explore online reading sites for young readers

In addition to apps like Epic and Newsela, check out my two favorite online reading sites for young readers.

  • StorylineOnline is a free site with actors reading books creatively. Actors of all ages engage children by telling them why they like to read or choosing a particular book to share. This high quality website offers well-known and contemporary picture books with professional voice commentary and original background music for reading aloud.
  • One More Story, my personal favorite, is a website that offers a virtual bookshelf, quality oral reading, and the ability to read books on your own with assistance. Along with a lot of reading side by side, One More Story helped my son learn to read. First he selected a book and listened to it while reading it until he felt comfortable reading it on his own. He would practice orally several times. Next we would read the book together. After all, he would read it to me aloud. To complete each book, we took a trip to our public library and looked at the book. This site is chargeable; However, you can only choose a 3 month subscription for $ 15.99.

6. Read aloud

Children of all ages love reading aloud.

Reading aloud promotes fluency, vocabulary and understanding. Select a book to read aloud together. For younger children, picture books and short chapter books are good choices. Longer selections are also suitable for older students. I recently read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars with my teenagers (recently named # 1 book by the New York Times). Reading aloud, even with older children, is a great way to build relationships and encourage conversation. One last note – try not to get stuck in one genre. Explore a little!

7. Encourage vocabulary and word learning

A broad vocabulary is important for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing. In addition, vocabulary influences student fluency, understanding and performance. When your child is young, you will want to build their vocabulary orally through everyday activities. Talk, talk and talk more. You can also write these words down so your child can keep making the connection between hearing, speaking, writing, and reading.

Nowadays there are many online tools that aid vocabulary and word learning. Online tools provide a wider range of information about words and word meanings compared to more traditional word learning methods. And they’re fun!

8. Be a good example

It’s hard to encourage your children to read when you don’t read yourself. My summer reading pile is already about 10 books deep. If you’re looking for suggestions, there are plenty of lists out there. Here are a few to get you started:

9. Check out a few student book lists

Sometimes students get stuck and don’t know what to read. Here are a few ideas to help you resolve it. First, your child’s school may have lists of books that students are recommended to read. In addition, there are many reputable websites that offer lists of must-read books. And the librarian at your local library will likely be helpful; They know which books are checked out frequently by children. Below are a few lists to help your child get started.

10. Keep reading materials throughout the house

I think a well-lived home has books, magazines, newspapers, and reading material in every room of the home. Even with the advent of “screen reading”, you should fill your home with physical text like this and more – brochures, local newspapers and brochures and other reading materials. When your child is young, read with them. Talk about text features like bold headings, captions, captions, and more.

11. Look at children’s magazines

Summer is the perfect time to try out a magazine subscription, buy a single magazine at a local bookstore, or try several at the library. My kids loved National Geographic Kids and American Girl Magazine when they were little. In addition, your library also contains other magazines such as Click, Appleseeds, Hopscotch for Girls, Boys Life, and the J-14 magazine. Perfect for shorter reading.

12. Check out online apps and digital tools to aid reading and writing

Another way to keep your child reading and writing through the summer is to harness the power of digital tools. There are many free apps and online tools out there these days to aid reading and writing. I’ve reviewed many of these and you can review them with your child to see which one best suits their needs and interests.

13. Join or create a book club

Your child could join a local library book club or start one of their own. How about inviting a few friends over once a week to discuss a book and exchange books they are reading. Make the group large enough that even if a few children are on vacation, there are still children around.

And if you’re stuck with reasons your family should read, Why students should read could help contextualize everything. Talk to your child about reading. Personalize the list by adding more reasons why you and your family are reading.

Read the summer reading here. Fill your glass with lemonade, sit for a while and read and enjoy!

25 Resources and Ideas to Help Students Read More During the Summer from Dr. Kimberly Tyson was first published on learningunlimitedllc; Image attribution flickr user stijlfoto

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