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Article originally posted in The Voice-Tribune
Reading every day is vital for school age children because it gives them opportunities to develop word recognition, comprehension, and fluency simultaneously. According to a report by the National Institute of Education (NIE), a key predictor of positive reading development for young children is success when learning to read (1988). The report also suggests numerous opportunities and experiences with reading can lead to overall reading success in young children (1988). For early readers, developing strong comprehension and fluency skills is often challenging because they are also being asked to explain their thoughts about the reading in conjunction with the world around them. Because reading is developmental, it is important to remember the amount of reading done outside of school is just as important as the amount of reading done during the academic school day. Ultimately, reading done outside of school is consistently related to gains in reading achievement for young readers hence the importance during the summer according to the NIE report (1988). Current research continues to support the best practice of students reading every day, reading during the academic year as well as during the summer.
For many parents, working with your child to find something really good to read during the Summer can be a major highlight as well as a major challenge. As you begin to think about the best books for your son or daughter to read this Summer, here are a few hints that might help make reading an engaging and fun activity for your child and the entire family:
It is not too late this summer to begin a good book. tlb