Three Ways to Prevent the Summer Slide
During the summer months many children, especially those children who struggle to read, forget some of what they’ve learned or slip out of practice. However it is very possible to help them at home during this time.
- Six books to summer success: The research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. Choose books that the books are at the right level for your child. Have your child compete a book review after reading each book. This will help them retain the information they have read. Download our Free book review here.
- Read every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Whether it be a local newspaper or reading the weekly flier from you local store.
- Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can’t, so she will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase her knowledge and expand her experience with text, so that she will do better when she reads on her own.
We understand that its hard to keep up a reading routine during the summer when there are plenty of distractions and diversions. Hopefully these suggestions will fit into a busy schedule and make reading fun!