I’m sure that most of you struggle with coaxing your children to read during summer vacation. Even though I am a teacher, my kids would much rather ride their bikes outside and play on their tablets than read any day. Believe me, teachers’ kids are just as good as at other kids at getting out of doing anything that is remotely related to school work.
The truth is that I don’t even read as much as I used to because I am just so busy most of the time. However, I can tell you that reading is the foundation of everything that your kids will every do in school and it is important to encourage them to read as much as they can.
Doing so will help them with their fluency, which is the ability to pronounce words properly when they are reading aloud. Also, reading frequently helps kids with their comprehension and their ability to clearly understand what is taking place in the text.
So here is the million dollar question, just how can we all get our kids to read more when they have already programmed their brains to go into full vacation mode? Here are some tips and tricks that I have picked up over the years to get kids reading and you will be shocked at how well they work:
- Let your kids read whatever interests them. Yes, I said it! Children will tend to read more if they can connect personally to what they are reading so stop trying to dictate what books they read. If your child wants to read a comic or the newspaper every day, let him/her.
- Spend time reading with your kids. Children will value what their parents value so, if your kids see you reading, they will think it is important and they will be more inclined to read too.
- Take time to discuss books with your children. Not only is this a great way to assess whether your child is reading a book that they understand but it is also a nice way to foster communication on a daily basis.
- Take your child to the library! Although everything is on the Internet nowadays, there is nothing like immersing children in literature. This will give them the opportunity to search through different genres and learn the types of books that they like to read.
- Be patient with struggling readers. Children who have trouble reading need support and encouragement, not criticism and judgment. Take the time to give praise and be positive and this will make your child get past his or her fears about reading.
By supporting your children and encouraging them to read during the Summer, you are preparing them for the academic challenges that they will face in the Fall. It’s a great way to help them strengthen their reading muscles and to broaden their horizons at the same time. There is nothing more rewarding than watching children develop a love of literature and it will serve them well throughout their entire lives.
Let’s Discuss: What are some of the ways that you encourage your children to read more when they are on vacation from school?
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