Far too many of us have noticed the frustrating phenomenon dubbed the “summer reading slide”. As soon as the school holidays arrive, your child’s regular reading comes to a screeching halt as more “interesting” activities take its place.
Research shows that when kids stop reading books over the holidays, their reading ability takes a nosedive. Here are ten tips to keep your child engaged in reading over the long break and avoid summer reading loss (even if you’ve left it a little late):
- Slowly ease into your routine. Avoid switching from holiday mode to school mode too quickly and try to start reading as early as possible. It’s also a good idea to let your child choose which books they want to read.
- Give your child a special reading spot. After endless holiday distractions, designate a spot in the house which is only for reading. Make sure it’s quiet, comfortable, and close to a selection of age-appropriate reading material.
- Books, books everywhere! Studies show that children who are constantly surrounded by books do better in school than those who aren’t. Fill their bookshelves, load their devices and keep some in the car for family trips.
- Switch off the TV and limit non-educational screen time. Most of us become a bit more lenient over the holidays when it comes to screen time. Limit the hours spent in front of the TV and choose game-based programmes like Reading Eggs, which is designed by teachers to build reading skills in a fun way.
- Be a good reading partner. It’s far more encouraging to read when it doesn’t feel forced. Take turns reading with your child and be patient when they make mistakes. Make reading time a fun time to relax, unwind and bond after a long day.
- Re-read difficult sentences. When your child has sounded out a tricky word, have them re-read the whole sentence one more time “with feeling”. Often children are too busy figuring out a word that they lose the meaning of what they’ve just read. Very young children will often take a wild guess based on the first letter of a word.
- Make your own books. Reignite your child’s enthusiasm for books and spark their creativity at home. Creating your own homemade books rebuilds their focus after a long break and strengthens their writing and creativity.
- Find everyday opportunities to read. Read aloud anything with words and encourage your child to see reading as a way of discovering the world. Point out road signs, billboards, menus and cereal boxes – anything with words on it!
- Restock your library. Whether it’s the hardbacks on your bookshelves or the tap-and-swipe e-books on your device, inspire your child to get back into the reading habit with a fresh collection of new titles. Reading Eggs has over 2000 children’s e-books in the online library, sorted by reading age, Lexile level and genre.
- Choose books that aren’t too easy or too hard. If your child has taken a long break from reading, you can help them pick it up again and avoid any discouragement by choosing books that suit their level. Use the Five Finger Rule to quickly and easily determine if a book is suitable.
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