How to Engage Your Child’s Reading and Writing Skills This Summer

Encouraging your child to actively participate in reading and writing activities during the summer months will have a great impact on their school performance when September rolls around. In the past, we have mentioned many resources to help prevent summer learning loss; here are a few:

Your Local Library Reading Programs (Free of charge and totally fun);
Summer Bridge Activity Books by Carson Dellosa;
National Summer Learning Association;

….and just this week I came across some creative ideas in Atlanta Parent Magazine that I liked so much I had to share with all of you. Be sure to visit their site where you can download a PDF of the July Issue so you can see these tips with others in the article: Tips to Keep Kids Reading and Writing All Summer Long by by Denise Yearian. Enjoy and let us know if you have a favorite summer learning tip to share!

  • Be a good role model. Let your child see how you enjoy reading.
  • Provide daily time to read. Make sure your child’s summer isn’t so structured that he doesn’t have time to read.
  • Tally and record what he reads. Have your child keep a list of book titles he has read throughout the summer. This encourages him to set and attain reading goals. To help your child synthesize what he has read, have him write a few sentences stating what character he liked best and why.
  • Dramatize it. When reading to your child, have him act out certain scenes – “Then the thunder rolled,” and he makes the noise of thunder, “And she fell asleep,” and he pretends he is sleeping. This uses your child’s imagination and makes the story come alive.
  • Create a family newsletter. Have your child write a newsletter with creative stories on what everyone in the family has been doing. Mail this out to friends and relatives you don’t often see.
  • Use books to write puppet shows and plays. Have your child write an adventure based on a book he’s just read using the same characters. Or create a new character to insert in the story. Act it out through a puppet show or play. Record it for later viewing.
  • Support a soldier. Have your child write to a soldier overseas. This not only develops letter-writing skills, it helps your child learn empathy and compassion. Use an Internet search engine and type in “penpal a soldier” for organizations that sponsor this activity.
  • Let your child help plan a family vacation. Check out travel books and historical nonfiction to help him prepare. Also look for historical fiction that features children his age
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