Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Reading Slide....

Summer Reading Slide...how to help prevent it!  Here's an article shared with me by Barbara Saxe, our Reading Specialist - I thought it might be of interest to you:

How do we prevent this “Summer Slide” and provide all of our children with summer reading opportunities? Here are some suggestions:
  • Be sure your child reads at least 20 minutes a day.  According to research, a child who reads only 1 minute a day outside of school will learn 8,000 words by the end of sixth grade where a student who reads 20 minutes outside of school will learn 1,800,000 words!  If reading isn't one of your child's top priorities, you may need to set up an incentive program. 
  • Set a good example.  When your child sees you reading and enjoying a book or a newspaper article, you are sending a message that reading is important and valuable.
  • Read with your child. Explore different types of reading such as poetry.  For our little ones, poetry is a great way to improve phonemic awareness skills as poetry often incorporates rhyme.  For our older children, poetry is a means of improving fluency.
  • Read for different purposes.  Reading directions for a recipe or directions for assembling a toy are fun ways of incorporating reading into everyday activities. 
  • Talk to your child about what he or she is reading. Ask open-ended questions such as “What do you think about that story?” “What would you have done if you were that character?”
  • Make reading and writing a regular part of your daily home activities.
  • Visit the public library. Participate in their Summer Reading Program. 
  • Play word games such as thinking of different words to describe the same things.
  • Set reasonable limits for television viewing.
 For a more in-depth look at the "Summer Slide" research, read this article by our esteemed advisor, Dr. Timothy Rasinski. 

Stay cool and read!

Rachel D. Ring    Reading Plus®