Crafty Ways to Work on Reading During the Summer

Crafty Ways to Work on Reading During the Summer

by Kim Southwell, Ph.D.
Founder, Owner & Director

Reading Ranch Tutorial Center

School will be out in a few months, and I see more and more in the hallways at The Reading Ranch® where parents are excitedly talking to their kids about upcoming family vacation plans. The itineraries run the gamut, whether it be that long-awaited trip to Disneyland or an exotic getaway to the Cayman Islands.

It’s OK to get wrapped up in the hoopla of vacation planning; I love seeing their little eyes bug out at the thought of a much-needed break with mommy and daddy. Just make sure to incorporate some reading time into
your plans.

Summer is a critical time where your kids either leap ahead or fall behind in their reading and writing skills. Their teachers aren’t there during the summer, so the expectation is that you take on that role. You might be wondering where your child could make time for reading during an already-packed vacation schedule. Here are a few easy tips:

1.  Take a pre-trip to the bookstore
Treat this step the same way you would any other pre-trip shopping plans you have. Let the kids pick out books they’d like to read and suggest a few destination-related books so they can learn more about where they are going.

2. Use downtime wisely
What downtime? Well, there’s that plane ride, the long car trip, even time spent sitting in the airport. With a good book in hand, your child will have something calming and educational to do while traveling.

3. Visit a museum or historical site
A child’s ability to read and comprehend goes beyond burying their noses in a book. A friend recently took his family to Boston and visited the Paul Revere House. His kids had a blast reading aloud the various interactive markers in the house.

4. Engage your children
Take an active interest in what they have been reading. Ask questions and have them point out areas in the book that they really liked. Also, have them explain what’s going on in the book.

5. Suggest each child keep a travel journal
This is a nifty way to get them to write simply by thinking about the events of the day. It will help them improve their writing skills and foster comprehension. It’s also a cool keepsake.

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