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There is no better time to work on reading and its skills than in the summer months. While most children will “turn off” their brains in the summer, parents can ramp up the educational process in these down times. Parents can make reading fun this summer and enjoyable so that when children go back to school, they are not picking up where they left off, but actually starting up ahead. With more time on their hands, parents want to encourage reading is taking place in the summer months, but not being dogmatic about it. That’s why it is important for children to be reading what they enjoy and setting goals. On top of your children reading, it’s also important for parents to ask key questions after each chapter or book is digested. Not only will this build good reading habits, it will prepare them for the fall school kickoff and getting back into the habit of reading and understanding what they have read along the way. The list below are a few tips to approaching reading this summer and can help you develop a summer plan for reading:
Summer reading can be fun and goal oriented all at the same time. Allow your children the opportunity to read on vacation times, at the pool, and at night while waiting for dinner or going to bed. And as a parent, don’t be afraid to pick up your favorite reading pieces to allow your children to see your desire to be a reader as well. Modeling is the number one way that you can be the child’s first and most important teacher. For more info on Summer Reading and other related topics, check out http://school.familyeducation.com/summer/cognitive-processes/38453.html.
Posted on June 10, 2013 by Ryan Tracy
Ryan is the Tennessee Family Engagement Manager for Stand for Children, a grassroots national advocacy organization. He designs and implements family engagement programs and is currently a leader in the organization's 10-week Stand UP (University for Parents) which focuses on curriculum of the home and school. Follow Ryan on Twitter.
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