This is going to cover everything you need to know and do to prevent summer slide over summer break with kids. From tips to prevent reading loss to a summer reading challenge and a fun book worm bookmark craft for kids, I have you covered this summer break!
Have you ever heard of summer reading loss? This is the term used to describe the loss of skills and development over the summertime that can happen when a child does not read over the summer.
Reading over the summer can help increase reading development, or at least sustain what they obtain over the school year. This is important because it helps your children to be at and continue to stay at their grade level in reading instead of losing their skills in between grades.
How can you prevent summer reading loss? Itâ€™s actually something that can be really simple. Today Iâ€™m giving you some of the ways you can prevent summer reading loss.
Summer Reading Loss and How To Prevent It
Focus on Their Interests
Kids are more likely to read and do reading activities that involve topics they like. Some children are especially picky about reading, keep experimenting with different genres and topics to find what works for them. Sometimes it just takes a little experimenting to find books or topics that will allow them to love reading.
Use Reading Daily
Reading is something that is really easy to incorporate into every day or almost every day of your life, even in the summer. Have them help read recipes for meal time, play games involving road sign reading, or read a little bit of a book together each day. Itâ€™s more simple than you may think to have some form of reading each day.
Goals are a great way to motivate kids to keep going with a project like reading. You can incorporate goals for dates to finish books, how many books to read, what books are read, and more. You can also add rewards like sweets, allowance money, stickers, or anything your child enjoys.
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Make it A Game
You can play games with reading as well to motivate them to enjoy the activity and read more. For example, a summer reading challenge game can be a fun activity for your kids. It lets them have fun with their reading choices and have a goal to achieve with it.
Reading can be made more fun and interactive for kids with crafts as well. You can have crafts like the book worm bookmark craft I’ve featured below. Simply print the instructions, gather the supplies, and make this reading craft for kids today!
If you didnâ€™t know what summer reading loss was, or noticed it in your child, hopefully, this article has given you some education on the topic and ways to make sure you prevent this issue in the future years.
Itâ€™s really simple to help encourage and include reading skills in your childâ€™s summertime, and itâ€™ll help them greatly in their futures and in staying at the correct grade level for their skills.
Book Worm Bookmark Craft for Kids to Encourage Reading
This is a fun craft that will help your kids enjoy reading more frequently. This book worm bookmark craft idea is a fabulous way to encourage reading and prevent summer slide without stress.
Supplies for Book worm Bookmark
- Small piece of cardboard to make a template
- Small circular item to trace
- Paper â€“ You can use colored scrapbooking paper or white paper that can be colored
- Google eyes