As an avid reader who loves to get lost in a good book AND as an educator that strives to excite children’s imaginations with reading, I can’t stress just how important it is to have your child READ over the summer! In a time when electronic devices can easily capture the attention of children, having some incentives to encourage reading will be needed for some.
Before I get to some cool incentives available to your children this summer, I first want to take a moment to offer a suggestion. As a mother of boys, I know how important summertime is and the need for kids just to be kids! My children are no exception!
As a teacher, summer shouldn’t mean taking a break from learning, especially reading. Summer reading is very important in developing life-long reading habits, in maintaining literacy skills and in promoting reading for pleasure. Studies have repeatedly shown that children who continue to read during the summer months perform better when school resumes in the fall. Research also reveals that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read actually gain skills. While I know it may be hard and some of you may have a “fight” on your hands just for asking or requiring reading, please make efforts this summer to help children keep those reading skills they just gained from the school year.
Want to find out about all the great reading programs that are out there? Please check out my blog post featured on Atlanta Area Moms Blog.
You can also check out my Summer Reading for Kids Pinterest board for additional ideas on how to engage your child this summer!