I have had more than one teacher tell me how important it is for kids to continue to read over the summer, especially the early readers. Kids work so hard during the school year and without practicing their skills over the summer, they will regress.
We are fortunate to live very close to two top notch libraries who make reading & learning fun with a variety of weekly activities. There are movie nights, summer plays, visits from the local zoo, and other fun & educational activities for all ages.
Also both libraries offer prizes when the students reach their weekly reading goals, like free cones at Dairy Queen or free slices at a local pizza joint. One library has a Summer Reading Kick Off party and the other library hosts a End of Summer Reading party.
They’re basically bribing our kids to read. It’s brilliant and it works! My kids read all summer long.
Don’t walk—RUN—to your local library to sign up for their summer reading program. The more our kids read over the summer, the easier the next school year will be for everyone.
Do your kids participate in a Summer Reading program? Have you participated in the past? Did it help your kids’ reading skills? Let us know about it in the comments.