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Summer Reading… How is it going?

July 21, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-07-21 at 2.49.53 PMAs we all know… the summer goes by way too quickly!  The fact is, we are nearing the ½ way point of the summer break. How is your summer reading plan going?  Are you and your children on track with the goals that you set for the summer?  Here are a few quick tips and reminders regarding summer reading:

  • Read aloud together with your child every day. Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.
  • Set a good example! Parents must be willing to model behavior for their children. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.
  • Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it. This is the way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity for thought and insight.
  • Let kids choose what they want to read, and don’t turn your nose up at popular fiction. It will only discourage the reading habit.
  • Buy audio books. Listen to them in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together.
  • Talk about what you’re reading. The value of sharing good literature through conversation is immeasurable. Make mealtime a “book talk” time. No electronics allowed.
  • Find something that “stretches” you a bit.  Read about a culture, country, or political view that is outside of your comfort zone. Show your children that you’re curious and open to learning about people that have differing views and cultural experiences.
  • Take your children to the library regularly. Most libraries sponsor summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for preschool and school-age children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading.  Check out Saline District Library: The teen program is all online this summer! On the Teen page is a fairly comprehensive list of books that all teens should read before starting high school Check it out!

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