Keep your kid reading throughout the summer

During
the summer, books might be the last thing on your child’s mind. Most kids are
ready for a break and happy to trade in reading, writing and arithmetic for
summer camp, family vacations, and lazy beach days. But many studies have shown
that children who read outside of school perform better academically than those
who do not. Here are our top tips to turn even the most reluctant reader into a
summer bookworm:

From book to big screen

Take
advantage of movies and DVDs that are based on books appropriate four your
child’s age. For example, renting the DVD of Hoot, based on Carl Hiassen’s
first novel for young readers might pique your middle-schooler’s interest in
the author’s more recent book for young readers, Flush. Likewise, the film
version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gives you an opportunity
to introduce your younger children to other books by the same author, such as
James and the Giant Peach or The BFG.

Make it a game

Create
your own reading game at home with a chart, stickers, and perhaps a grand prize
of your child’s choice to turn reading books over the summer into a fun
activity.

Comics and graphic novels

The
transformation of classic comic strips like Scooby-Doo, Spiderman and Batman
into major motion pictures has renewed an interest in comic books. These books
make especially good reading material for visual and artistic learners, as they
allow readers to make easy connections between picture sequences and written
text. Encourage your children to read comics or even create their own comic
strips.

Read the news aloud

Start
reading parts of newspaper articles aloud and encourage your child to do the
same. This is a great way to engage your child in conversation and promote an
interest in what is going on in the world.

Subscribe to a magazine

There
are numerous magazines that are targeted to young kids and preteens. Kids can
often identify with the voice and subject matter, and the articles and
colourful photographs will hold their attention.

Covert ways to switch your child
onto reading

Encourage
a love of reading using the following non-direct methods:

Buy
games such as Boggle or Junior Scrabble will help improve your child’s
vocabulary and allow you as an adult to actively participate in a fun and
non-threatening way.

Put
on a scavenger hunt for your children and their friends as part of a play date.
Written clues leading to a list of hidden items in the house and around the
garden are a great way to keep them occupied while maintaining their reading
skills.

Gain
quality bonding time while encouraging your child’s literacy by getting them
the materials needed to make personalised thank-you, get better soon and
birthday cards. Thinking up appropriate messages for each, be it a poem or in
prose, will be fun and educationally beneficial.

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