Summer is the perfect time to read! In fact, it is one of my favorite times to "catch up" and relax with a good book. Most of all it is one of my favorite times to catch up with my own childrens' reading lives.
Whether you read aloud to your child, read together, your child reads to you, or you read side by side on the dock or on your porch, research tells us that just 20 minutes a day during the summer will prevent the summer reading loss called the "summer slide" that many children experience. Students typically make much progress all year long in school and often times in the summer they slide... please don't let this happen to your child!
READ! READ! READ! I can't emphasize how important it really is... the library is a perfect place to create a weekly visit to and help your child choose great books. You know your child best... so make sure you find those books that you know your child will love. My daughter was obsessed with dogs so I recall one summer, we ended up checking out every fiction and non-fiction book about dogs there was around her "just right" level.
Remember the summer is a good time not to just choose "just right" books but great read alouds that may be just a little above your child's level. Usually the libraries have lists of great read alouds. But I will attach a list at the bottom of this to look at!
Ever since I shared that I was leaving Winans, I have received such wonderful words from different parents. I received many emails and the other day I walked into my office and there was card on my desk. I opened the card and once again there were kind words from a parent. I just can't tell you how much these encouraging and appreciative words have meant to me these months. I bring this up in this blog, because in this card the parent also asked if I would write a blog on some of my favorite books for parents, so below you will see some of my all time favorites!
I HAVE SO MANY!!
Here are just a few that might keep you busy this summer...
Reading Magic by Mem Fox
The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
Raising Lifelong Learners by Lucy Calkins
Raising Happiness by Christine Carter
Mindful Parenting by Kristin Race
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman
The Myth of the Spoiled Child by Alfie Kohn (I love anything by him- very thought provoking!)
These are very thought provoking as well!
Thank you again for reading yourself this summer as modeling a reader's life is key in order to raise readers who love and choose to read! And thank you for creating opportunities this summer for your child to read!
Summer really should be a time for all to read!