The key to preventing the summer slide is to get your child involved in everyday activities that reinforce and utilize the concepts they learned in school. A little work every day on a troubling area will help your student improve and feel more confident when they return to school in the fall. Starting tomorrow we will have lots of great, easy tips you can do to prevent the summer slide.
Did you know that students over the summer often lose some of the knowledge they have learned earlier in the year? One study showed that students can lose about 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in math and can lose 1 month of grade level equivalency for all other subjects. A study showed 66% of teachers have to spend 3-4 weeks re-teaching students old material at the beginning of the school year. 24% of teachers spend at least 5 – 6 weeks re-teaching material from the previous year.
Don’t let the summer slide happen to your child! Learning over the summer is important. The key to making summer learning successful is it has to be fun. If not, your child will not be invested in it. Over the next several weeks Y3K Tutor In Your Home will give you tips to help you prevent the summer slide. Check back tomorrow!
HOW TO MAKE KIDS WANT TO READ #10: Read Aloud / Read Together
Take some time and read aloud with your child. It is a great way to spend some quality time together and creates excitement about reading.
HOW TO MAKE KIDS WANT TO READ #9: Variety
Try various types of books so your child will discover a favorite author or book series.
HOW TO MAKE KIDS WANT TO READ #8: Daily Routine
Have reading time become a part of the family’s daily routine. The daily routine includes taking a shower, brushing your teeth, and eating dinner. Why not build reading time into the daily schedule so it is a daily routine?
HOW TO MAKE KIDS WANT TO READ #7: Lead By Example
Lead by example. Model for your children how enjoyable reading can be. Let them see you read every day. If they see it is an important part of your life, it will become an important part of their life too.
HOW TO MAKE KIDS WANT TO READ #6: The “Cool” Books
If your child absolutely hates reading and wants nothing to do with a book, talk to the children’s room librarian at your local library. They will know of the most popular books and will give you lots of suggestions. They will know all of the “cool” books that kids can not get enough of as well as books designed for students reading below grade level.
HOW TO MAKE KIDS WANT TO READ #5: Reading Level
Have your child choose books that they can read successfully on their own. Don’t let your child choose what they would like to read if it is way above their reading level. They will end up skipping over words or sections and not comprehend what they are reading. They will eventually give up and use this as a reason to support their opinion that reading is boring. If books are chosen that they struggle to read, they will lose interest in reading altogether.
HOW TO MAKE KIDS WANT TO READ #4: Choose Topics
Allow your children to choose books about topics they are truly interested in.
HOW TO MAKE KIDS WANT TO READ #3: Rewards For Reading
Sometimes students need a small nudge to get into the reading habit. You can encourage them by giving them an incentive for reading each day. It could be earned privileges or small prizes. Be creative and keep it fun.