Required summer reading has never been popular among many students at any age/grade level. Don't worry parents. There is a way to approach this task, so that it is more manageable and rewarding for your child! Here are 5 key components for devising a summer reading program for your child.
1. Find out what books are a part of core literature for their new grade level and purchase them to read. This will create familiarity and comfort going into the school year. You can also use their summer reading list as a guideline for the type of literature they will focus on.during the year.
2. Depending on your child's current reading level, set a goal to read at or beyond grade level. Some students may be willing to read and take risks (e.g. sound out challenging words) in a more comfortable environment (home) without the potential of being judged or mocked by classmates. Summer is the perfect time to close the gap by improving upon decoding, fluency, and reading comprehension.
3. Read everyday and incorporate it into their daily activities. It doesn't have to be sitting at home and reading in a quiet space for a designated amount of time each day. For example, if you will be going on a family vacation have them read facts about the place you will visit. They can learn ahead of time about tourist attractions, population, climate, etc.
4. Find different reading spaces in which to read. Create an environment at home that feels comfortable to read in. It can be inside or outside. A reading nook or study room at the library, or small coffee shop are also excellent choices. Be creative!
5. Keep a reading log. This is a terrific way for your child to track their progress.
These are simply components to get one started. Definitely make it your own based upon your child's personality and personal preferences!
Now do you feel better about your child’s summer reading?