One of the best ways to keep your child from the “summer slide” academically is to keep him or her reading over the summer. Here are five creative ways to help keep your child reading.
1. Create a reading spot.
Designate a cozy nook for your children where they can relax and get lost in a book. Try a hammock in the backyard or build your own reading fort with blankets and pillows.
2. Connect books to travel or activities.
With family trips and activities planned for the summer, find books related to where you’re visiting! If you’re planning a day at an aquarium, check out books related to various sea life. Or, if you’re visiting sites that are rich in history like the nation’s capital, dive into some books to learn about the country’s founding fathers. They will have fun connecting their own experiences to the books they are reading.
3. Read the same books as your children.
Tackling the same reading list as your children will be your own form of a book club! Engaging in thoughtful discussions will further develop their insight and critical reading skills.
4. Visit your local library.
Beat the summer heat and head over to your local library. Have your young reader explore the library and check out a book of their choice. Some libraries even offer story hours, educational speakers, workshops, and musical performances that will keep your children engaged!
5. Subscribe to educational magazines.
Magazines can be fun for children to read over breakfast and in between books! Try subscriptions to educational publications like, Highlights, National Geographic Kids, Muse, Stone Soup, and Ranger Rick.
Check out the links below for helpful activities for this summer and a fantastic reading list of books for pre-readers through high school.
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