Enjoy some Summer Reading!
Children need to engage with books every day so they can maintain, and ideally strengthen, all the literacy skills they learned during the previous school year.
- The good news is that if children read just six books over summer vacation, they will likely avoid summer reading loss. Here are a few ideas for reaching–and going beyond–this six book goal:
- Take books with you and your child everywhere you go; to the doctor’s office, on picnics, on road trips, etc.
- Let your child choose the books she wants to read (as long as they’re age-appropriate and are written at the just right level of difficulty).
- Support his reading experience by talking about the books and helping him understand and interpret what he reads.
- Read aloud to your child, even if he can read on his own. It helps build vocabulary and listening comprehension skills.
- As you’re reading aloud, be sure to interact with your child by asking what she thinks might happen next, what a certain character is likely to do, whether the story is real or make-believe, and so forth. Above all, have fun!
- If you are more comfortable reading to your child in a language other than English, by all means do so. What your child learns in his or her native language will help create a bridge to learning English.
- Encourage your child to participate in a summer reading program. Many libraries host them. Some bookstores do, too. Throughout the summer months.
- In addition to reading books, children can practice their reading skills by engaging in many different online reading experiences.
Check out our County List 2015 CCPS Summer Reading Brochure – Elementary