6 Effective Ways to Build Your Child’s Reading & Writing Confidence

6 Effective Ways to Build Your Child’s Reading & Writing Confidence

by Kim Southwell, Ph.D.
Founder, Owner & Director
Reading Ranch Tutorial Center

Summertime is coming up fast. For our children, that means more time to play, go on a family vacation or to summer camp, schedule a few sleepovers at a friend’s house, or just sit around and play the latest video game.

The great folks at The Reading Ranch® want you and your family to squeeze every ounce of fun and excitement out of this summer. After all, that’s what it’s for – and it only lasts for so long. But as good-intentioned parents, we need to make sure that itinerary includes some quality time for your child to read and write.

Believe it or not, summer is a critical time when students either leap ahead or fall behind when it comes to their reading and writing skills. Without continuing education, they regress and end up walking into the next school year lacking the proper skills to keep up in class. We want our kids to succeed, but we’re often pulled in so many directions during the summer that we blink one day in late July and realize little Johnny hasn’t read anything of substance since May.

Statistics show students generally lose about two months of reading enrichment if they are not actively reading or writing during the summer. Over time, that summer learning slide can add up to the equivalent of three years of reading loss by the end of the fifth grade. And the emotional impact on your child can lead to bad behavior and lack of confidence.

So, what can be done to curb summer reading loss?
As parents, the responsibility falls on us. We need to support reading development year-round to ensure our children don’t fall behind. Here are 6 effective ways to keep your child on track during the summer.

  1. Place a value on literacy in the home when the children are away from school
  2. Make sure quality reading materials are available, and schedule reading time
  3.  Read Stories to your children at bedtime
  4. Send the message to your children that reading and writing is fun – not a chore
  5. Create a positive climate for reading
  6. Enroll your child in a summer reading program

At The Reading Ranch, we offer multiple summer reading and writing enrichment programs specifically designed to fill the gap between the summer and the next school year. Our program is for kids in Pre-K through fourth grade and is phonetically based on reading, writing, and spelling.

This summer, we are getting away from afternoon-only programs to offer both morning and afternoon sessions. This will allow us to provide better quality, a structured setting, and individualized attention.
The bottom line is the Reading Ranch is here to help you. We want little Johnny walking in confidently to the next school year. After all, life is good when you’re reading well – and it’s a fun summer activity, too!


To schedule a free sample class & assessment at our new Castle Hills location:
Castlehills@readingranch.com  •  972.428.8040

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