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Summer Reading Facts
All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.
Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).
Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al, 2004).
If this sounds like your child, consider these facts:
Students participating in a summer reading program are more likely to read at their grade level or above than their nonparticipating peers, and those reading above grade level are more likely to retain those skills into the next school year (School Library Journal).
Summer reading programs are geared for reading for the fun of it. If you can read, thank a teacher. If you love to read, thank a librarian. Get to know your local children’s library staff. All are qualified to recommend books of interest to your child.
Follow these tips to keep your child reading:
- Visit your local public library – The Urbandale Public Library!
- Most libraries will have programs to motivate children to read, usually by keeping logs, which when finished can be returned for incentive prizes.
- Show children that reading is important to you.
- Model, model, model. It cannot be emphasized enough that children who observe their parents reading become readers themselves. Make sure there are plenty of reading materials scattered throughout the house — not just novels, but magazines and newspapers as well.
- Make reading a family activity. When everyone gathers together at the end of a busy summer day, read a book aloud. It’s a great way to unwind. A picture book is a fine choice, but reading a book that will last several weeks or more extends the pleasure and excitement.
- Set reading times and find the fun in books.
- The number one golden rule is to make time to read over the summer — parents should designate an hour a day just for books, or set aside a time once a week to go to the library.
- Let kids choose books they want to read – just for fun.
Take reading on the road
When preparing for family road trips, stock up on audio books from your library. Let your children choose some stories to listen to in the car. These tips are from: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=1412.
For still more ideas about encouraging your child to read during the summer, check out this website http://www.rif.org/educators/articles/what_can_families_do.mspx.
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