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Rhee Helliwell | Jul 31, 2017

Keep kids reading this summer

Categories: Summer, Education, Children, Tips, Performance

Summer is often a much-needed holiday for kids, but also means a break in learning, which can start to have impact on any newly developed skills learnt at school. It can be particularly problematic for children that have started to progress in reading, which is the cornerstone to any child’s academic performance and success. That’s why it’s so important to ensure your kids have plenty of opportunities throughout the holidays to practice reading so they can continue to grow and develop their skills. Here’s some easy ways that you can keep kids reading this summer!  

Summer Reading Challenge

Why not get involved in our fantastic Summer Reading Challenge? We provide a challenge reading list, worksheets for each book, and it’s an easy way to ensure your child’s reading and writing skills are constantly improving throughout the long break.

Find some good reads

One of the easiest ways to keep kids reading during the summer is making sure they have access to books and lots of them! During term time children often have specific books they’re required to read for exams, so it’s the perfect time for them to indulge in books tailored to their interests. Start by heading to your local library every few weeks and letting them explore. Libraries often have a huge variety of books suitable for kids of all ages and levels. Remember, there may be other types of books such as auto-biographies, nonfiction, magazines or comics that capture your child’s attention. There’s no such thing as bad reading, so let them choose their favourites. Doing this may even help convert the most unenthusiastic readers.

Reading at the right level

Ensuring your kids are choosing books at the right level is crucial if you want them to enjoy reading throughout the summer. It’s important for kids to be reading at their independent level, which will help them grow in confidence with every book they complete. Make sure you’re aware of your child’s independent reading level by consulting with teachers or their school reading diary. Help them tailor their choices with this in mind. Books shouldn’t be too easy as they can become boring, but at the same time if they’re too challenging, reading can become off putting. However, it’s still important that your kids are tackling books that are slightly more difficult. Doing this will ensure they maintain but also develop their reading skills, all in time for the new school term.

Make reading interactive

Whenever possible it’s always a great idea to make reading interactive. Do this by asking your child to read books aloud to you that are a little outside of their usual reading range as this can really help build up their vocabulary. Alternatively, you could listen to an audio book, which is a fantastic option for trickier books and ideal for car journeys or entertainment whilst you’re conducting household tasks. Finally, why not read aloud to your child? We recommend the Harry Potter books for this as they can be a tough read. Reading a chapter per night aloud will make reading a fun and immersive experience, and believe it or not help your child become a better reader!

Discuss what your child is reading

When your child is reading independently, it’s great practice to discuss with them what they’re reading. Kids will not only enjoy you taking an active interest and re-telling the story in their own words, it’s also an excellent way for you to monitor how well they’re understanding the book. Ask about the characters, what problems they’re facing and any new words they’ve stumbled upon.