Summer Reading Ideas for Children
School districts across the world place an exceptionally large emphasis on reading comprehension and vocabulary.
Rigor in the area of reading is paramount as the Common Core Curriculum is the educational focus in 46 states across the United States and many international schools in several countries. In order to meet the standard of excellence in reading, a continuum on mastery practices are needed to support exposed outcomes or prepare for the rising school year.
The family unit can add these fun and practice activities to their summer routines to ensure their child(ren) maintain learned reading skills.
1. Visit the local library
Most towns are outfitted with a free public library. The public library is filled with storytellers, computer stations, journals, and of course traditional hardback books for checkout. Bi-weekly trips will give your family a scheduled event that’s invaluable. Many libraries are also opting for eBooks. Check with your local library for availability.
2. Response to literature
This is something my mother implemented for my sister and me. We would check out books from the library or she would read to us and we had to provide a written response to what was read. For younger children, this can be done with the use of pictures, sentence stems, or writing prompts. For older children, this practice is beneficial for honing essay writing skills and proper documentation.
3. Visit a bookstore
Entering a bookstore is exciting. The wealth of material before you is visually stimulating yet relaxing. A visit to a bookstore will allow children to explore various genres: geography, science, art, and health. Non-fiction reading material offers a different stimuli than fiction. It supports fact finding, critical thinking, and discovery. Reading to be informed is often an area for development for many students. By supporting this area at home gives them the additional practice and confidence needed to excel throughout the school year.
Librairies, responses to literature, or visiting a bookstore…
Which will you select for the summer reading?