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Summer Learning Series: April Kringen

June 24, 2015
By Tate's School

April Kringen - First Grade Reading Teacher

During your child’s school vacation, it is important for him to spend time reading and writing on a regular basis–whether he/she is a very beginning reader or a fluent reader. Try some of these suggestions for making your child’s summer full of literacy fun. 

  • Set aside a consistent time each day for reading. Depending on your family’s schedule, reading time might be in the morning, afternoon or before bed. Whatever time you choose, stick to it, but also remember that flexibility around trips and special family events is OK.
  • Read aloud to your reader. As school-aged children become better readers, parents often stop reading aloud to them. However, by reading more difficult books aloud to your reader, you help him/her learn new vocabulary words, concepts, and ways of telling stories or presenting information. You also enjoy the closeness of sharing a book with your child.
  • Help your child select books at a comfortable level. Listen to your child read. If he/she reads smoothly, uses expression and can accurately tell you what the story was about, the book is probably at a comfortable level. If you are having troubling judging, consult your local children’s librarian, who is likely to be an expert at matching books to readers. In addition, teach your child to use the “rule of thumb” in selecting books: if five or more errors are made in reading a page of about 50 words, the book is too challenging. 
  • Encourage your child to write this summer, too. From writing postcards to friends and relatives to keeping a journal while on a trip, summer presents unique ways for your child to write about his own experiences. Have your child pack a disposable camera on vacations or day trips and help him create a book about his experiences.