Reading Solutions – September 2019
Long before there is reading there is talking. The kind of talking parents do is…
July 8th 2013
For many adults the longer days and more flexible schedules of summer provide a highly prized opportunity to read for pleasure. In my unscientific poll this month I discovered that everyone I asked was eager to tell me about something they are reading this summer.
Not all children share this enthusiasm for reading as summertime entertainment. So parents need to get creative about slipping in activities that keep thinking skills sharp. Here are some ideas to create a fun and enriching environment during the summer.
Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time. Use dinner time, car time, or any relaxed setting to share your reactions to things you read, and encourage your children to do the same. Set aside a regular time for recreational reading as a family.
These activities do much more than just fill the idle hours. Active family learning prevents significant loss of academic skills. When childrens brains are not stimulated they have a harder time getting back up to speed when school resumes.
It is not too late to participate in READ UP Summer Reading sponsored by the Childrens Reading Foundation. READ UP is an eight week event to promote family literacy during the summer. Each week new childrens books and information for parents are available for free around the county. Books have been specially selected to appeal to children from toddlers through eight years old and are available in English and Spanish. Visit Meerschidt Recreation Center, Mesilla Park Community Center, or at the Fire Station on East Mesa and Porter at Thursdays at 2 p.m. for story time, parent information and READ UP book distribution. Branigan Public Library includes READ UP as part of the regularly scheduled preschool activity programs.