Once struggling readers leave school for the summer break, their progress often comes to a grinding halt. Outside of summer school, it’s the families and communities that can keep the momentum going by making reading a central part of summer activities.
Here are a few ways that you can make reading part of summer fun:
- See a movie – and then read about it. Summer blockbusters are a great way to get kids excited about a story. Wonder Woman, Transformers: The Last Night and Spiderman: Homecoming all have graphic novel treatments. You can also choose a movie that’s based on a book, such as Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants. Then read to book together or ask your child to read it and tell you how the movie stacks up.
- Get a family library card. It’s often a free — and fun — way to engage in reading activities and spend a rainy afternoon. Many libraries offer weekly summer camps, or you can look for a program that has library activities as part of the roster.
- Read aloud every day. Model fluent reading by setting aside time to read aloud to your children — and have them read to you. Look for interesting books, newspaper articles and magazine stories to read together. Let your child choose the reading material "menu" for the day or week.
- Find a project. Create something and get your child involved by reading the instructions. It could be a recipe for a favorite family dish or a DIY project. Get them to write up the ingredients or materials list and read the instructions aloud. Shop for the items together and post your final "product" on your social media pages.
- Keep up the points. One of the most popular features of BrightFish Reading is the points system. You can use that idea to reward reading and writing activities. Kids can rack up their points and redeem them for special prizes, privileges or outings – whatever is rewarding to them. Set the points values together and post their weekly scores on the fridge so the whole family can get involved.
If your child already has a login for BrightFish Reading from school, it can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection. With just 20 minutes a day, three times per week, your child can continue to build reading skills over the summer.
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