August is time to a brush up in their reading skills.
As summer ends we need to insure that our children incorporate reading into each day. There are times, as parents, we need more ideas to spark the desire to open a book and read, for pleasure.
Make reading a family ritual:
- Even if your child is an expert reader, choose and begin the book together. The reason for this is for conversation and reflection. Conversation and reflection about what is read are important tools toward comprehension. Reading and talking about the same book with your child creates a wonderful opportunity to deepen comprehension.
Read about what they love:
- If your daughter loves horses, let her read horse books, for example- For Horse-Crazy Girls Only: Everything You Want to Know About Horses by Christina Wisdom and Alecia Underhill
- If your son loves baseball look for books like-The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter.
Use their hobbies, interests, passions to hook them into reading:
· If it is cooking, get them a children’s cookbook like-Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook by Nicola Graimes
· If they enjoy playing a new games get them reading a book like-The Everything Kids’ Puzzle Book: Mazes, Word Games, Puzzles & More! Hours of Fun! by Jennifer A. Ericsson and Beth L. Blair
· For a novel to pair with- Magic Tree House: Games and Puzzles from the Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce and Sal Murdocca.
· Read a book as a family then see the movie as a family or play the game as a family, even visit an area you read about within a book. Connecting text to other family adventures deepens comprehension as well as joy with text. For example see the movie Frozen and read Frozen Little Golden Book (Disney Frozen) by RH Disney. For a classic family treat read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow. Then watch The Wizard of Oz, 1939 film adaptation.
- Technology can be a hook itself, read eBooks and computers. Kindle has plenty of books at- http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1001068141. Many libraries check out books for online reading. Screen reading skills are needed in today’s schools. One site available is http://pbskids.org/games/reading/.
- Have a reading party day. Clear away the coffee table and fill the family room with sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, stuffed animals and books. Keep the meals simple, a slow cooker filled with chili and hotdogs, sloppy joe mix, even nacho makings. Finger food for snacks, juice boxes, water bottles, boxes of cereal and fruit. Your family would have a whole day of sharing books, magazines, sharing favorite parts, words, ideas, in your most comfortable clothes. No chores, phones or answering the door can intrude on your special reading party. As a party gift, each family member could get a new book, bookmark, or a book light.
Let this be the year, one book at a time we encourage the love of reading in our family.
-Learning at home by Rhonda Cratty is a parent resource, filled with ideas to help children become the best they can be. Daily activities for family fun, that make subjects become more than pencil and paper, moving learning into everyday life. Learning at home can be purchased in print ($8.48) or eBook($4.48) form through http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203
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