Our kids work so hard all year, let’s keep it up over the summer. As an educator, I have been making this statement for years, but now it is my turn to do the work with my son. Here are few questions to ask youself to get ready for the summer!
Is your library organized?
If your children can’t find books they like, they will not read! I organized my son’s books using baskets and put them into categories. It takes a short amount of time and it is totally worth it!!!!
Do you know what your child’s reading level is?
The best way to find out your child’s reading level is to ask his or her teacher, or have a reading specialist perform an evaluation. Once the reading level is determined, make a basket of books that your child can read to you, or on his or her own! Tip: to find books at his or her level you can use Scholastic book wizard, or a great app called Level it!
What time will you read with your child or will her or she read independently?
Set a specific time to read everyday! I usually like to read with my children before bedtime. First, I have my son read me a leveled book and then I let him choose a book that I will read to him.
Do you know that reading is all around you?
Make sure you use your neighborhood and all around your house to read!!! Your child can read you signs, labels, lists, game titles. This is a great way to learn sight words and use them in a real life setting!
Lauren Bernstein is the executive director of Lauren’s Little Learners in Livingston, NJ. She specializes in individualized instruction for students ages 3-10 in in reading and writing.