By Cove’s Reading Team
Summer is a great time to encourage your student to curl up with a favorite book, flip through a magazine and view reading as a fun, daily activity. Cove’s Reading Team has some tips for fostering those healthy reading habits all summer long:
- Set up a calendar of activities to include weekly visits to the library. Block out a time daily for everyone to read.
- Help your child create a cozy space for reading. Cushions, pillows and blankets make the space comfortable.
- Read the same book as your child. Set aside a time to either read together or talk about your favorite part of the story, whether or not the story turned out as you predicted, characters you liked or disliked, how you would change the story if you were the author. Encourage your child to connect ideas in the story to their experiences. Discuss what would happen next if the book had a sequel. If you choose non-fiction talk about what you all learned from the text.
- Experience reading without books such as meal planning, creating a garden, tour information for your family vacation, movie reviews and crafty ideas.
- Create a summer scrapbook with souvenirs and photos. Have your child write the captions.
- Reading aloud is always valuable. It allows your child to access information at their interest level, hear appropriate phrasing and intonation, and allows for natural modeling and discussion.
- The most important thing a parent can do is set a good example. Keep a variety of reading material around your home - magazines, newspapers, manuals, graphic novels, comic books and of course books.