The end of the school year is approaching quickly, and students are looking forward to the longer days as their thoughts turn to swimming, bike riding, boogie boards, and building sand castles. Although we are all looking forward to the slower pace of summer, educators and parents are keenly aware of the loss of learning momentum and skills during the summer months. Research indicates that children, who continue to read and learn during the summer months do not suffer learning loss or show signs of regression when compared to students who are not engaged in reading over the summer. The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) notes, “the cumulative effect of summer learning loss as one of the principal factors – along with nutrition, parental involvement, and child motivation- that are deepening the achievement gaps between students” (NWEA, 2019). The issue for learning loss becomes more significant when students are not motivated to read and their learned skill set starts to decline.
Here are some ways to help your children stay sharp over the summer and make reading more enjoyable
📚All Reading Material Counts!
Encourage your child to read all forms of reading material such as short books, magazines, comic books, joke books, non-fiction, fiction, graphic novels, and ebooks. Some suggested titles for graphic novels are CatStronauts, Narwhal and Jelly, and Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series. Audio books help to build literacy skills and struggling readers can use audio books to record their reading as they follow along with printed text.
📽Have a Book Party!
Read together as a family, and celebrate the completion of a book by having a special family party. This could mean having a family night of popping some popcorn and watching the movie of a book you completed such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Black Beauty, Elosie,The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and many more. Another idea could be a trip to the museum related to the historical context of the book such as George Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge, Betsy Ross House, or Independence Hall. One of my fondest memories as a child is of a family vacation based on the book, Misty of Chincoteague.
🛠Encourage Your Child to Read How to Books!
Kids love to create and get involved in doing things, so use reading to launch a new skill or craft. This could be learning a new cooking technique, trying a science experiment, exploring arts and crafts activities, or developing a construction project. This will also help to develop a strong connection between books and getting actively involved in creating fun things to learn. I have found that kids will want to return to these kinds of books over and over again. Find books like these at the library such as The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book, Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!), Adventure Girls!, Adventure Boys!, and Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials.
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Wishing you all a beautiful start to your summer!