Reading and writing is obviously critical for school success, and there are lots of fun ways that you can work with your children so that they retain what they’ve learned in those areas over the summer and maybe even get a head start on the next school year!
So read, read, read with your children. Your child can read in the car, read at the doctor’s office, at the dentist’s office, take a book to the park, there are lots of fun places where you can sort of change up the scenery and read with your child. Lots of libraries have wonderful summer reading programs that you can enjoy with your child.
When we think of reading with children, we mostly think about reading books and magazines, but there are lots of other opportunities to practice reading with your child by reading environmental print. Using it is great practice for kids and their reading skills. So, if you’re at the grocery store, pick up a cereal box and read the back. Some of them are really funny actually. When you’re at a restaurant, have your child read the menu and make their selection from it. When you’re in the car, read road signs. There are lots of fun places where you can sort of change up the scenery and read with your child.
I hope you get an opportunity in your summer to use some of these ideas. If you do or if you have other suggestions, please feel free to email me at Marcia@educationalinsights.com. I look forward to reading them!