Reading Tips

Summer loss of reading is especially critical for young students because for the first few years of school, children are learning to read, but after fourth grade, as all subjects begin to require some level of reading, they transition to reading to learn

Reading is one of the most important things children can do in summer to keep their skills sharp for the next school year. Adults can help by making sure children have access to age-appropriate books and by reading along with them. Here are some ideas from the National Summer Learning Association and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading:


Summer READing Tips for Parents


READ: Spark Your Child's Imagination

Summer reading can take place anywhere. Whether it's under a tree in the park or at the kitchen table, reading outside the classroom is a great way to explore new worlds, embark on new adventures, and find new friends.


ENRICH: Your Child's Reading Experience

Become a reading role model. When you spend time reading books, magazines, the newspaper, or even directions for how to use an appliance, you are showing your child that reading is both fun and useful.

Set a reading routine. Whatever reading time you choose --- morning, afternoon, or before bed --- stick to it, but also remember that flexibility around differing schedules and special events is okay.

Let children make their own reading choices. Summer is a great time to encourage children to read about new topics beyond what they've learned during the school year, to explore new interests, or to delve into old favorites.

Read aloud to your children and have them read to you. Even before a child can talk, reading aloud helps them develop language and pre-literacy skills.


ACHIEVE: A Rewarding Family Experience

Read as a family. It's easy and fun to have a family reading night. Encourage everyone to bring a favorite book and read the passages they like best aloud.

Set goals, reward effort. Stop by the library or bookstore for the next book in your child's favorite series, or to discover new ones. Share your favorite books from childhood and make new memories together.

Read the book. Watch the movie. Kids love to compare and contrast a movie to a favorite book. Discuss the differences, talk about why the filmmakers chose to make changes, and ask which version they prefer and why.


DISCOVER: The Joy of Reading

Visit the library. When kids have their own library card and use it regularly, they quickly see that reading plays an important role in their family and in their lives. Many libraries have summer reading programs for the entire family, with incentives for reading and fun activities.

Take books along on outings. Reading can happen anywhere. Pack books in your bag to take anywhere you go this summer.