Series (Part 1 of 3): How To Keep Children Reading Over the Summer

Kids today seem to be as busy as adults. Between all the lessons, practices and camps, many people believe that kids’ lives have become too structured – leaving no time for kids to just be kids.  As summer approaches, many families are tempted to take time off (from anything resembling schoolwork) but research shows that summer learning loss typically equals at least one month of instruction.  As parents, it is important to understand that a fun-filled summer doesn’t have to come at the cost of your child regressing in his or her education.

Balancing a relaxing summer while maintaining and building upon all that was learned during the school year may seem like a daunting task. However, at the end of the day, you are your child’s ultimate teacher and already possess the tools to ensure your child makes steady progress. Reading and meaningful dialogue are the keys to creating an effective summer reading program at home.  In this first of a three-part series we’ll talk about:

Creating a Positive At-Home Reading Environment

A reading-friendly home environment is more than just designating a specific time and place for reading. Some tips for creating a successful home reading environment:

  • First, with your child’s participation, establish a good reading nook. It should be comfortable, quiet and even private so that busy siblings aren’t a distraction. Let your child personalize the area, maybe with a special pillow or blanket.  A selection of books should be close by, perhaps in a crate or on a book shelf.  Lighting should be adequate.
  • Make books available around the house and in the car.
  • Establish family reading time where adults and children read together or on their own.
  • Have regular conversations about books, newspapers, magazines, movies or special television programs.

In our next installment we’ll discuss selecting the right books and reading material. In the meantime, feel free to  visit us at:

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Admit it — we all let it happen. We let the kids unwind for the summer and we don’t really think of ways of sustaining their reading level. Sometimes it’s easier to let the kids watch TV than suggest that they read a book. After all, once the kids know how to read, it’s done. It’s like riding a bike, no?

Here are some great articles on the same subject:

Summer Reading

Reading Is for More Than Just Passing Time

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