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Summer Reading Programs - An Opportunity to Expand Your Skills!

06/11/2013 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Your Child's Ages & Stages, Special Topics

Summer vacation . . . a time when kids get a break from all the “to dos” of homework and are able to relax.  While time off is great and even necessary in keeping stress in check and in allowing our individual creativity and interests to flourish, it is important not to lose those hard-won reading skills developed during the school year.  “You’ve got to use it or you’ll lose it” applies to the mind just as it does to the body!  Summer vacation can be an opportunity to develop those reading skills even more, and an added bonus is students have greater opportunities to choose what they want to read.

Parents can take this time to encourage reading of any kind . . .

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Comic books
  • Guide books
  • Online reading
  • Board game directions
  • Closed captioning for television programming - turn it into play acting by having different family members read the lines for different program characters!
  • Reading recipes while someone prepares them
  • Reading information posted at museums you visit

 . . . The list goes on and on!

If your mind draws a blank when asked the question “What are you going to read next?” there are plenty of places to go for ideas, and maybe even an incentive or two for your student.  Summer reading ideas or programs are often available through  . . .

  • Your child’s school/district
  • Local libraries
  • Local book stores

Are you familiar with another reading program that we didn’t mention?  Please send us your comments to share . . . for the sake of the child!

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