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Summer reading is a great opportunity for children. I’m sharing three reasons you may want to participate in summer reading.
Summer. What do you think of when you hear this word? For me, it’s the sun. Heat. And a nice big pool. As a homeschool mom, it’s gaps in learning, and a long time catching up in the fall.
My kids have been victims of the summer slide for more years than I can count. This has lead to frustrating weeks and a rough start to the school year. It’s actually one reason why we decided to homeschool year round. However, we still end up with a 6-8 week break. During this time, I want my kids to enjoy summer. I don’t want them to be tied down to school.
So, to help prevent the summer slide we participate in summer reading programs each year. Why do we do this?
To Fill the Gap!
The summer slide is real, and one way we can prevent it is to fill in the gap. I do this by letting the kids choose great books from the library or Usborne Books and More. Each book they read gets them a point for summer reading. I always encourage the kids to pick high-quality books. At least one nonfiction book, and a good classic are required each time we go to the library. The rest can be their choice.
They Earn AWESOME Prizes!
Our library Offers some pretty great rewards! From a free lunch at McDonald’s, tickets to our state fair, and family passes to Kings Island, we have always been happy with our rewards from the Summer reading program.
This year, I am working as an Usborne Books and More consultant and just found out that they offer a great summer reading program called, Reach for the Stars! The kids collect pledges and are then able to spend 100% of the money on books for their library! This makes a homeschool mom’s heart happy!
Reading Makes Kids Smarter!
Studies have found over and over again that the more a child reads the better they perform academically. Here are some statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
- Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.
- The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service.3
- The Educational Testing Services reported that students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores; however, students read less for fun as they get older.
- Having kids read a lot is one of the crucial components of becoming a good reader. Young readers need to become practiced at recognizing letters and sounds. The only way to get good at it is to practice.4
This is reason enough to encourage reading all summer long!
It Starts a Lifelong Habit of Reading
When my kids were young we read together every day. I truly think this has set a habit of life-long reading. If you want to raise a reader, the best thing to do is let them see you read, AND put high-quality books into their hands at a young age. This shows them the importance of books and lets them know that YOU see them as a valuable resource.
So, are you ready to join a summer reading program? Check your local library. Chances are they have one starting soon!
If you need book suggestions here are some related posts and websites!
- 100 Great Books for Kids
- Top Book Series for Kids
- 100 Non-Fiction Books for Your Homeschool
- Usborne Books and More (you could even host a party and get FREE books!)
I also invite you to join my summer reading challenge, group. You can check it out by clicking the photo below!