The National Summer Learning Association and Sylvan Learning offer tips for parents to help encourage the love of reading in students
- Become a reading role model. When you spend time reading books on the beach or even directions for how to put together the grill this summer, you demonstrate for your child that reading is both fun and useful.
- Set aside a consistent time each day for reading. Depending on your family’s schedule, reading time might be in the morning, afternoon or before bed. Whatever time you choose, stick to it! Consistency is key to building good habits.
- Let your child make his reading choices. In the summer, let kids read whatever they want (within reason and good sense, of course). Now is a good time to encourage reading about topics they don’t get a chance to study during the school year, to explore new interests, to discover new talents, or to delve into old favorites.
- Encourage your child to savor the book he is reading. Don’t rush through a book—take time to enjoy it. Have your child stop and think about what he is reading. This will develop his analytical skills.
- Set goals and reward effort. Reward reading with more reading. Stop by the library or bookstore for the next book in your child’s favorite series, or let your child shop for it online.
- Read the book. Watch the movie. Few things make kids feel more “superior” than comparing and contrasting a movie to the book it’s based upon. “That’s not the way it was in the book!” Let them explain the differences, talk about why a director made those changes, and then talk about which version they preferred.
- Visit the library. This is already a school-year routine, but don’t forget to keep it up during the summer. When kids have their own library card – just as you do – and use it regularly – just as you do – they quickly see that reading plays an important role in their family and in their lives.
- Go online for ideas. There are lots of websites for kids’ book choices. Book Adventure is a veteran, happily motivating kids to read for over a decade.
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November 24, 2015 //
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