With summer starting, our days will get longer and we'll be outside more often. But it's still important to us to find time to read.
Dr. Tim Shanahan, author of Macmillan/McGraw-Hill's best-selling elementary reading program, Treasures, and former president of the International Reading Association, has compiled some helpful summer reading tips.
- Read together: Children learn a lot when you read to them. Ask questions, answer questions and explore the ideas together.
- Share the experience: As kids get older, help them find books, magazines, or newspaper articles that they would enjoy reading. Take the time to read them too so you can discuss them.
- Ask questions: Talk to your children about what they are reading. Ask them what happened in the story or what might happen next, who is their favorite character, or who is the villain.
- Find reading opportunities everywhere: If you are taking a trip this summer, send for brochures and maps and have your children read them aloud with you.
- Plan an outcome activity: Plan an outcome event or activity based on the reading. If the book has been made into a movie, watch the DVD together after reading the book. Book reading can lead to picnics, museum visits, ballgames or even family vacations.
- Mix it up: Don’t just focus on storybooks. Kids often prefer to read about fact rather than fiction, including books and articles about the environment, animals, current events, sports, and other topics. Talk to them about what they like and help them find reading materials that match those interests.
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