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Beat the Heat with Summer Reading
Maureen Milam, director of learning services
July 13, 2015
Are your children relaxing with some good books this summer? Summer reading provides a great opportunity for young readers to choose a variety of books that appeal to individual preferences, continue developing reading habits and improving reading skills. In fact, research indicates that the more students read, the more their reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension improve. The strongest predictor of a child’s reading achievement is the amount of reading in which he or she engages. On the other hand, students who do not read over the summer lose on average between one to three months of instruction, and that effect is cumulative over school years.
With the dog days of summer now upon us, here are a few successful strategies to encourage children to continue reading the remainder of summer: Provide access to plenty of books, and let your child choose books of interest. Set an example by reading your own book for pleasure, or share a book with your child by reading aloud. Always pack books wherever you go, and try listening to audiobooks as a family while on trips—making reading a shared experience fosters lasting reading habits and a love of reading!