Three Ways to Prevent Summer Slide
Try these strategies to help your reader improve reading skills during the summer and beyond.
Many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. Try these strategies to help your reader improve reading skills during the summer and beyond:
Research shows that reading just 6 books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your . Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate children to read, so find out what's available in your area. Also, check Scholastic.com booklists for recommendations.
· The newspaper — even if it is just the comics or today's weather.
· Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your child likes the food channel, help look for a recipe on the network's website — then cook it together for more reading practice.
· End the day by having your child read to you from the book he/she is currently reading. Rereading will help build fluency — being able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with expression.
Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can’t. Reading aloud to children builds listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase knowledge and expand experiences with text.
It's hard to keep up a reading routine in a season packed with distractions and diversions. These suggestions will fit into a busy schedule and make reading fun!
How can you keep your children reading this summer?
1. Visit one of our local libraries. Not only can you find knowledgeable staff to help your reader find appropriate books, the libraries also have engaging summer reading programs. Local Libraries:
2. Check out Scholastic online!
Tips to Make Summer Reading Happen!
1. CHOICE: Let children choose the books that they read.
2. PLENTY: Fill your house with lots of books. More books = more chances for children to find a fantastic, amazing, very good book that they can’t put down.
3. LIBRARY: Use your library. Let your children go WILD and check out lots of books!
4. TIME: Children need opportunities for reading. So, make sure they are not filling all their time with television, video games, and other screen time.
5. TECHNOLOGY: Don’t forget about audiobooks, Kindles, iPads, and Nook reading.
6. READABILITY: Make sure your child is reading books that he or she can comprehend. When choosing a book, use the 5 finger test to decide if it is a just right book. During and after reading, ask your child to tell you a little bit about the story. If you have not read the story, read the back and ask questions pertaining to that summary.
Book lists by age and genre: