As both a parent and an educator I know how important summer reading is. Research has shown that children who don’t read during summer months can lose up to three months of reading achievement and that loss is cumulative. Although summer is more than half way over (sad I know) it is not too late to get your child excited about summer reading!
RIF tips for families to help keep children reading during the summer
- combine activities with books
- visit the library
- lead by example
- talk it up
- help kids find time to read
- relax the rules for summer
- have plenty of reading material around
- use books to break the boredom
- read aloud with kids
In effort to encourage kids and families to continue reading during the summer months PBS Kids has partnered up with I Can Read books published by Harper Collins Children’s Books, Reading Is Fundamental and National PTA. I recently hosted a Summer Reading Party at my summer camp. PBS kids and their partners sent me some great items for the party. The kids had a blast and were so excited choosing out their new books to take home and read.
Parents can help their kids get excited about reading by having them take the I can Read Pledge
PBS Kids and I can Read have provided all the resources you will need to host your very own Summer Reading Party!
If you are having trouble figuring out which books are right for your child. Check out the I Can Read website where you can find and purchase books by reading level. I can Read Books start at My Very First: INTRODUCTION TO READING all the way to Level 4: Advanced Reading. You are sure to find books featuring your child’s favorite character no matter what level reader they are. The site includes some great printable activities and useful information for both parents and educators.
For some additional ways to ensure your child continues to learn this summer visit PBS KIDS’ Summer Safari for specials and new episodes from DINOSAUR TRAIN, WILD KRATTS, CURIOUS GEORGE and WORDGIRL and free digital tools for parents and kids.
Happy August! Now lets get reading!