Ideas to Encourage Summer Reading
Numerous studies show that being able to read proficiently opens the door to a world of success.
“Our world economy demands a more educated workforce, and grade-level reading proficiency is the key.”
Landmark Research by the Annie E. Casey Foundation
To help our families keep their children reading and learning while schools are closed for summer, we offer the following list of ideas.
Head to the Library: Thanks to a partnership with Campbell Library, students enrolled in our schools—no matter where they live—have access to the Library’s resources online and in-house. Also, many local libraries hold events and activities for school-ages children.
Keep Reading Materials Handy: Reading can be fun. Keep comic books, magazines, newspapers, paperbacks and e-books on hand as an easy option for your child to choose.
Talk About Reading: Ask your children about what they read. Listen for what they liked or discovered, and connect it to their own experiences.
Create Low-Tech Reading Time: Set aside “no electronics” time each day for reading. Take turns reading aloud to each other or read independently, and keep the television, stereo, smart phones and computers turned off.
Take Opportunities to Practice: Encourage your child to read everyday things, such as menus, movie listings, game instructions, recipes, signs, maps and more.
More ideas online:
- 5 Tips to Encourage Reading at Home (U.S. Dept. of Education)
- How to Encourage Good Reading Habits in Kids (Oxford Learning)
- Promote Reading for All Children (National Education Association)
“The child who has access to reading is a child better prepared to rise and meet their future. Without the ability to read, a child faces significant challenges in navigating the mid-21st century.”
Richard Robinson, Scholastic CEO and President