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Summer Learning Series: Christan Shaffer

July 08, 2015
By Tate's School

Christan Shaffer - Sixth Grade Reading Teacher

Lazy summer days are the perfect time to settle in with a good book, and the best way to share a book with your kids is to read aloud. You may have read to your kids when they were younger and have gotten out of the habit now that they are a bit older and can read books on their own. But the benefits that older children gain are just as strong as they were when they were younger, and reading aloud to kids, even older kids, is the best way to help them develop into lifelong readers.

By delving deeply into an excellent story, you are sharing an experience with them that will be rich with relationship building moments. Noted author and respected educator Lucy Calkins (1997), in Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parent’s Guide, says that read-aloud is the time to go under the “spell” of a beautiful book and laugh, cry, and get lost in the flow of the story and the language.

So set aside some time each day this summer to snuggle up on the couch and take a trip through a good book with your kids.