Reading: Method to Avoid Summer Brain Drain
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For years, teachers have suggested lists of the best books for children based on their grade and reading level. However, parents should also make sure they have a variety of books/resources, make reading a time to share with others instead of a solo activity, and (most of all) make reading enjoyable. There are lots of sites out there with resources and suggestions of great books to borrow or purchase; however, it’s not just about choosing the best books for children to read. Parents should have lots of books available to read, they should make time for reading to take place, and they should also make those reading opportunities fun. In order to do these things, think about the following:
- Make sure there are plenty of books for adults and kids to read. The best way to get kids interested in reading during the summer is for them to see adults reading as well. Make going to the library and/or bookstore a family outing. Start a family book club and/or a neighborhood book club. Do what is necessary to provide a variety of books, magazines, and comics for the entire family to share and read. Audiobooks should also be a resource especially during an extended trip.
- Make reading time interactive. Young readers often view reading as a solo activity. They sometimes miss the opportunity reading provides to collaborate and share ideas. When looking for books to read, think about the ways that you can start a conversation with your child about his or her reading. Again, a book club would offer an easy way to talk about what is being read. Moreover, with so many books being made into movies (Diary of the Wimpy Kid is coming to cable television this summer for example), parents have another approach to use when thinking about ways to make reading time interactive.
- Make reading fun so that children will choose to read/feel motivated to read. Remember, the objective during the summer is simply to keep children reading. Please do not use this time to advance your child’s reading levels. The goal is to keep them reading what is interesting and fun. It is fine to make suggestions; however, if they resist do not push. Use the summer to have your child explore different genres of books.
It may seem like a simple list but if done correctly, children will enjoy reading and avoid the dreaded brain drain. tlb