There are two main things you should be asking your children’s teachers before summer break. Those questions are “What specific areas should my child focus on during summer vacation?” and “Do you have suggestions on how we can work on those areas?” Your children’s teachers will likely have suggestions of resources and online links to programs that can help your children with math, reading or any other subject that might need some extra work. Let your child know that their teacher thinks a little reading each day or week, mixed in with plenty of fun summer activities, can really help them be super successful when they get to the next grade in the fall.
Barnes & Noble kicked off their national summer reading program; however, I think it is geared for First graders and up....bummer! (Although I must admit I am very tempted to sign my daughter up and just start building her first/second grade reading library early.) I want to instill a LOVE for reading in my little bees now in their preschool years! I came across this Summer Reading Kit by Teachers Pay Teachers. It's a small investment that can be used every year with your child. It's fun colored, cute game suggestions & personalizable to your child's likes! Sold! Now if you don't mind, I gotta do some printing of my own...summer vacation is about to start in our household but before I go, let me share with you the 5 easy way to instill a love for reading in your children
5 Ways To Make Reading Fun!
1. Resurrect the read-aloud.
Reading out loud is not simply a stepping-stone to learning to read silently; it's also a way to build vocabulary, attention skills, and comprehension, as well as--perhaps most important--a love of reading. If you're already doing the one-on-one bedtime story, think about ways to switch up the sessions: Read over breakfast. Encourage siblings to read out loud to each other or to the family pet or to you!. Alternate pages or chapters with your child. Or gather the whole family together for a group read-aloud. Reading with your family is making priceless family memories & traditions together!
2. Take it on the road.
Books are the ultimate portable entertainment--they're durable and impervious to a few drips of water (at least the non-electronic variety), and easy to read in the sunlight. Keep a chapter book in your bag to pull out while you're waiting at a restaurant, sitting poolside or on the beach, hanging out in a tree house, or while camping in a tent with a flashlight.
3. Bring stories to life.
Read horse books before your child goes to horseback-riding camp, Little House on the Prairie before you tour a pioneer village, a bio of a favorite baseball or football player before you visit a sports hall of fame.
4. Be a reading buddy.
If you see your child reading when you aren't, grab your own book and cozy up (well, as close as he'll let you) to read beside him. Prefer a scheduled approach? Try DEAR--Drop Everything and Read--sessions, in which the whole family reads at the same time.
5. Make books a basic.
Look at reading material like food and clothes: You wouldn't leave the refrigerator or the closet empty, so don't let the bookshelf go bare, either. Find a librarian or a teacher who keeps current with what's new and popular for kids, or play the cool card: Get a respected teen to tell your tween what books he enjoyed. NYC has weekly family reading time throughout their libraries, you just need to find a location & time that works for you!