With summer just around the corner, soccer camps, swim teams, playgrounds visits, and picnics are filling the calendar. Holy Child School at Rosemont hopes everyone enjoys a wonderful summer. We also hope your children are able to spend plenty of time indulging in the pleasure of a good book. Studies have consistently shown that the more a student reads, the more that student will improve as a reader.
Looking for ideas to integrate reading into your summer days? Here are ten useful tips that we suggest. See what suits you and your family best and don’t feel compelled to tackle them all!
- Try to ensure that your child reads or is read to every day. Establish a routine where they devote at least 20 minutes each day to reading. Vacations and commitments will come up, so stay flexible about the time of day. Perhaps set aside a weekly time for the whole family to read quietly, such as a Monday afternoon “reading club” complete with comfy pillows, favorite snacks, and good books.
- Let your child choose what he/she wants to read as much as possible. Choice is paramount in the development of strong reading habits.
- For older children, establish a “one book, one family” program. Everyone in the family who is able, reads the same book. This is helpful to do with required reading titles. Everyone can share their thoughts at dinner!
- Model good reading habits. Make sure your child sees you reading. Unplug from your phone and pick up a book, magazine, or e-reader. Children of all ages are great imitators.
- Audiobooks are a fabulous option! Car trips fly by when everyone is listening to a good book. Your public library has the best free collection. Here are a few other sources:
- Keep plenty of fresh reading material in the house. Mix it up! Magazines, poetry, comic books or graphic novels, nonfiction (boys especially love this), and almanacs will keep their growing minds satisfied. Visit your local library for a new supply of books when needed and don’t forget to check out their great summer reading programs while you’re at it!
- Children love to be read to! Read aloud to your children even if they already know how to read on their own. This is a great way to conquer more difficult books. By doing so, you’ll demonstrate proper reading expression and correct pronunciation and introduce new concepts.
- Connect stories with your summer activities. Going on a camping trip? Pick up a few camping stories to share before or during the trip. Readers will make some wonderful self-to-text connections. Take books on vacation. There’s usually plenty of downtime during vacations where quiet reading is very restorative. At the shore for an extended period of time? Visit the local library for storytimes and other activities.
- While reading together, make it fun. Really engage with the story. Use character voices. Ask questions about the characters or their motivations. Talk about the pictures. Laugh out loud at the funny parts!
- Read a book and watch the video together. It’s always fun to compare and contrast the two.
Need ideas for a good book? Our First through Eighth Grade Summer Reading Lists provide something for everyone. For further suggestions, see the links below for quality children’s book lists.
However you decide to spend your summer, make reading a priority for you and your family. Dr. Seuss said it best: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”