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Jun 062014

Are you not sure what to do to keep your student’s academic skills sharp over the summer?  One of the biggest skills to keep sharp during the warm days of summer is reading!  Libraries all over the country are promoting and keeping students engaged in reading with incentives that the kids love.  There are many cooperate companies that are getting on board as well.  Certain banks are even offering the beginning or growing of a savings account for books read!  The exciting news is that you can double, triple, or even quadruple or more the incentives by dipping into these programs with reading the same books.  Don’t forget to search your city and county libraries for their different incentive programs, as well as checking out these business websites:

One way of making summer reading successful for the family is to dedicate a time when reading happens and is being modeled.  If you have younger or less confident readers, read with them, taking turns on the different pages.  More independent readers or older readers, create a cool place that they can take a break from the heat and dive into a good book.  Children are more apt to want to set aside time to read, if you are doing the same thing.  Create a realistic but challenging minimum amount of time that you prefer your child to read.  However, if they are captivated by the story, by all means keep reading.  Below are some ideas to make reading time a success for your family or students

  • Create a fort that has enough lighting but is cozy for curling up with a good book
  • Set up a tent with bean bags inside for a reading cave – even in the house!
  • Read the same book as your child and discuss what you like or dislike about the plot or characters
  • Make the reading time the same time or around the same time every day  – perhaps after lunch as a rest from the heat
  • Don’t set a timer that alerts when reading time is “over” but encourage your reader to be taken away by the story
  • Discover new genres as a family
  • Pick a book off the best sellers list, or 100 books to read in a lifetime list
  • Pick books that have been made into movies, and after completing the book enjoy the film and discuss what was the same, different, and which they liked better