Roundpeg Comments. Summer break is almost here. Your child probably has a countdown posted on the refrigerator or hidden in their notebook. Summer reading loss is real. Did you know that the best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer? And, the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not he or she owns books.
Children need to read outside of school. Research clearly shows that the key to fighting summer reading loss is finding novel ways to get books into the hands of children and adolescents during the summer break.
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Yes, summer reading loss is real. The good news is that you can prevent summer reading loss. Keep reading. Visit your local library — often.
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Your local library can often serve as the best resource to keep your child reading over the summer. And, have your child sign up for a library card, too. Enroll your child in a summer reading program. Many libraries support reading by offering a summer reading program for students of all ages.
Sometimes there are incentives to keep them reading all summer long. How cool is that? Check out their colorful poster. Have your child record their books.
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If your child is young, it can be helpful for him to record the books he has read. Not only will it help to track his progress, the tracker sheet can provide a source for conversation. For example, perhaps you notice that your child primarily chooses fiction selections. Talk about this, and the next time you visit the library encourage him to take a look at several nonfiction books.
Check out whether your school has library hours over the summer. More and more schools are supporting summer reading by keeping their library open throughout the summer. Though the hours are reduced, it still provides an opportunity to stay connected to school and to keep your child reading. Explore online reading sites for young readers. Check out my two favorite online reading sites for young readers. Read aloud. Children of all ages love read alouds. Read alouds build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Choose a book to read aloud together.
For younger children, picture books and short chapter books are a great choice. For older students, longer selections are suitable as well. Read alouds, even with older children, are a great way to build relationships and encourage conversation.
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One final note — try not to get stuck in one genre. Explore a little! A broad vocabulary is important for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing. In addition, vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. Talk, talk, and talk some more. You can also write those words so that your child continues to make the connection between listening, speaking, writing, and reading.
Today, there are many online tools that support vocabulary and word learning. She wondered what would happen if these students became adults who continued to need their parents to tell them what to do next. Radi uses the metaphor of a ship setting sail to help parents understand, and become more comfortable with, the process of helping their child start out, and succeed, in college. As both a college parent and a college services professional herself, Savage is able to understand both the world of parent concerns and the world of college.
Beginning to think about life after college even before college can make the college years even more meaningful and productive. Important reading for college parents, but even more important reading for high school parents whose students are still in the midst of the admission process. These are just a few of our favorites. Check out our Resources page for many more options. If you enjoyed reading this article, please consider joining our mailing list.
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