Summer’s right around the corner and kids’ minds turn to baseball games, catching up on the Twilight movies and spending hours texting to keep up with classmates. While it may be a time to relax, children also still need to engage in mind enriching experiences. Studies have shown that without practice, students lose valuable reading skills over the summer months. So while it may be difficult to get kids excited about summer reading lists, it’s important to be sure they complete them. PBS Parents suggests creating a reading plan with your children so they can stick to a schedule and won’t leave the books until the last days of vacation. Along those same lines, dedicating a certain part of the day to reading – whether in the morning or before bedtime – will make it easier to keep to that schedule. Reading the books yourself and discussing them with your children also helps motivate them by being able to share their thoughts and ask you any questions they may have.
The National Education Association offers more resources for summer reading. From book recommendations for all ages to research on why summer reading is key to educational development, these resources will help get you and your children ready for a summer of literary fun!