This summer, build upon the valuable reading and writing skills your child has already learned! This will help them avoid the summer slide, the loss of reading and math skills that many children experience during the summer months.
According to findings from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™: 7th Edition, kids know that reading provides benefits that extend well beyond the summer months: Seventy-seven percent agree that reading over the summer will help them during the school year.
One of the best ways to keep kids learning this summer is to join the Scholastic Summer Reading-a-Palooza, a summer reading program designed to develop lifelong readers by encouraging reading for fun during the summer. This year, kids can experience the challenge through Scholastic Home Base, a free digital destination which offers stories, characters, and games, in a safe community for readers!
Through Home Base, kids can make new friends, earn virtual rewards, and help unlock book donations for kids with limited or no access to books by starting and keeping “reading streaks” when they read every day over the summer. Learn more about the challenge here!
Here are six more fun and simple ideas to keep your kids reading and writing this summer.
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1. Let Them Explore New Subjects
During the school year, kids are busy with assigned reading. Over the summer, encourage them to find books about subjects they love, or challenge them to explore a brand new genre. When we give children a choice, they feel in control and are more willing to pick up a book and read.
And they enjoy it! Research from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report shows that about six in 10 kids say they love or like reading books for fun a lot.