Summer Reading!

Reading can be fun and what better time to enjoy a good book than summer! Dive into a good book this vacation and keep young minds active and learning. For more summer reading tips check out the resources below from Istation.

Five Things Parents Can Do This Summer to Help Teachers This Fall

Research shows that children who read fluently do better in school. It’s not just teachers who make it happen, though. Parents play a key role, too. The “Summer Slide” is the documented learning loss that occurs when students are out of school. Experts say that reading just five books during the summer months can help. Here are five new, easy-to-implement ideas for parents, grandparents, and guardians.

How to Be a Reading Role Model:
1) Show. Don’t tell. Let your children see you read. It doesn’t matter what you read — a book, a magazine, an online article — just as long as your children see you engaged with text.

2) Have a family game night. Playing games like Scrabble, Boggle, Pictionary, and Scattergories can teach spelling, vocabulary, and communication skills.

3) Eat dinner as a family, without TV or phones. (That’s a tall order, we know!) With older kids, focus on a good conversation. Talk about what went on that day or about what’s planned for the rest of the week. For younger children, try to incorporate word games like “I spy something that rhymes with…” or “Name a synonym for…” Make dinner fun and help your child become a conversationalist!

4) Keep track of it all. Mark a calendar with the amount of time your child spends reading (and working on Istation, of course) each day. At the end of the summer, add up the hours. When school begins again, encourage your child to tell his or her teachers how much time he or she spent reading over the summer. Teachers will be thrilled and your child will feel proud!

5) Ask questions. Whether your children are reading or using electronics, engage them with questions. This will help boost their critical thinking skills while providing you with an opportunity to bond. For great questions to ask, check out the next page. Teachers will be quite happy in the fall if you implement a few of these ideas over the summer. We bet you’ll be happy with the results too!

Go Places with Reading

The great thing about reading is that you can do it anywhere. Encourage your child to read in a variety of places: in the car, at the store, or by the pool. Words are all around us! Child can read recipes, nutritional labels, price tags, and more. Encouraging your children to read is a great way to have fun, practice reading, and bond. Finding ways to incorporate reading is a great way to build lasting memories while on a road trip!

Graphic showing ideas to keep young minds active supplied by Istation.

*Content and graphic supplied by Istation for the purpose of furthering education and reading. For more information contact the Geary County Schools USD 475 Teaching and Learning Department. 

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