As parents, we’re sure you’ve seen it. When your kids start school every fall, they seem to have lost some the achievements they made the year before. It’s called the “Summer Slide,” and it is real.
#5 – Read Every Day
Make reading a priority (if only for 15-30 minutes) in your life and your child will follow-through. Better yet, make an effort to cuddle and read with your child every day. Bonding, even for 15 minutes, is invaluable.
#4 – Check Out The Local Library
Public libraries have great summer reading programs for kids that are typically free or inexpensive. When you’re there, let your child pick out his own books. That small act shows you what interests him and empowers him at the same time.
#3 – Check In With Your Child’s Teacher Before Year’s End
Make sure you check with your child’s teacher to see what level your child is reading. If a book is too easy, he’ll get bored. If it’s too hard, he can get frustrated and not want to read. Have your child’s teacher recommend books that are “just right.”
#2 – Goal Setting
When setting goals, remember it is summer. Goals should be appropriate for the child’s age. Also, set up a reward system such as extra video time, a trip to the movie theatre or their favorite yogurt shop.
#1 – Make It Fun
Make reading a creative activity that everyone enjoys. Pack a picnic and include a couple of books. Everyone can read under the sun. If you’re heading on a road trip, pack some interesting books. For young children, sing songs or work on rhymes.