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Summer Parenting Tip #4: Read

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

You have heard of the “summer slide” – and it is real. Very real. Kids can lose 2 months of what they learned in the prior school year over the summer. 

Now this doesn’t mean you have to load up on textbooks. It just means that your kids should read this summer.

It’s really pretty simple. Any reading helps. Fun reading helps. It really does. Plenty of research shows that kids who read books they select prevent the summer slide. It can be a fun book. It can be any book. It doesn’t need to be “educational.” They just have to read it.

While preventing the summer slide is a big deal, there is a deeper message here. Reading shouldn’t be a chore. It should be fun. Take your kid to the library and bookstore and let them find something that seems interesting to them. Find times and spaces where reading happens. If it’s a sunny day, and you are going to the beach – let them play at the beach. Find time later in the day or a night for a little reading.

A love of reading takes time to cultivate. Kids have lots of other things they want to do. Help them discover the joy of reading for pleasure. Summer is a great time to do that. And – make sure they see you reading too! You can set a great role model for them by sharing your enthusiasm for your summer reading.

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Summer Reading Check-Up: Avoid The Summer Slide

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

It’s always hard to believe when we reach that point in the summer when the school year is on the radar. And that means it is time for you to do a summer reading check-up.

Here are some simple questions to answer:

What were the reading goals established by your kid’s school?

Were there assigned readings? Leisure reading goals?

Is your kid on track?

Do they need to amp up before school starts?

Do you need to make out a daily reading schedule before school starts?

Simple questions, right? But it’s time to review them. You don’t want your kid to cram before school starts, or to show up without meeting the reading goals.

There’s still time to do it right. Do a simple check-up and map out a plan that takes your kid from right now to the first day of school.

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Preventing The Summer Slide: A Video Chat With Target’s Mommy Ambassador Soleil Moon Frye

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

There’s lots of research showing that kids can lose reading skills over the summer months – and in fact lose something like one full month of learning by the fall.  This is a real phenomenon – starting with kids as young as first graders – and for many kids it means that they will be playing catch-up when school starts up again. So how can you prevent the slide?

In principle, it’s pretty simple – you need to keep your kid reading throughout the summer. And it doesn’t matter so much what they are reading (it can be fun stuff) as long as they are reading consistently. But the problem is that without the structure of the school year (and we all like a break from that routine), it can be easy to let reading slide.

Given this, I’m pleased to be able to share a video chat I conducted with Target’s Mommy Ambassador Soleil Moon Frye (aka the former Punky Brewster). She shares fun ideas about finding ways to keep kids reading, including things that work well with her daughters. Just click on the link below to hear her good thoughts on preventing the summer slide:

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Summer Slide Check-In: Did Your Child Read Today?

Friday, July 29th, 2011

It happens every summer — once the 4th of July passes, summer feels like it’s slipping away. So it’s a good time for all of us parents to remind ourselves that our kids should be reading this summer because before you know it, the first day of school will be here.kidsreading

You all have heard about the summer slide. Not reading over the summer can set kids back quite a bit once school starts rolling again. That’s reason enough to make sure your child is reading, ideally a little bit everyday.

But I think there’s more than that. Summer is a great time to convey to your child that reading is a terrific way to spend free time. To that end, experts have encouraged parents to let their kids select books that interest them. You don’t have to make sure your kid is reading something “educational” as long as it’s around the comfort (or “just right”) reading level for them. But it can be about anything that’s acceptable material to you, and fun for them.

In addition to letting them find a book that they really want to read, it’s also great to sit with them and read yourself. It doesn’t have to be for a long time (we’re all busy), but taking time to read together (even if it’s 15 minutes) sends the message that reading is a leisure activity (not just something you have to do). And it’s really great to talk to children a little bit to find out what’s happening in their book — giving them a chance to share their enthusiasm facilitates their comprehension and their ability to summarize what they’ve read.

Happy reading!

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