Early Literacy and Summer Reading

As the end of the school year approaches, we know parents will soon be flocking into libraries everywhere looking for ways to keep their school-age kids reading over the summer. Summer reading is vital to students’ future success- not to mention a great way to pass those long summer days! It’s important though, that in the rush to keep our school-age kids motivated, we don’t forget our littlest readers. Early literacy needs to happen all year round, not just when big brother and sister are at school! With that in mind, here are a few great tips to pass on to parents brought to you by PBS Parents.

  1. Set aside a consistent time each day for reading aloud. Choose a read-aloud time that fits your family’s summer schedule and stick to it every day. Your baby, toddler or young child will look forward to this special time together.

  2. Connect read-aloud choices to summer activities. Read your child a book about the beach, such as “Sea, Sand, Me!” before or after a beach trip, or read “The Very Lonely Firefly” after your child discovers fireflies at a family cookout. When you read and discuss books about things your child has experienced, you help him learn important vocabulary and extend his understanding of experiences.

  3. Take books along on outings. Pack some board books in your beach bag or picnic basket, and bring a stack of books on long car rides. You and your child can enjoy books together anywhere you go this summer.

To read the full article and for more great ideas, please click here or visit PBS.org. Happy Summer Reading to everyone!

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