Welcome to Two-Minute Tuesday, where I share quick tips, tidbits, and ideas.
School is either over or drawing to a close within the next few days, depending on where you live. I know parents, teachers, and students are all looking forward to some time off from the responsibilities of school.
Even though summer is here and there are no official assignments, except for the occasional summer reading book, you should really encourage your child to still read at least 20 minutes a day.
Here are five reasons why...
1. Reading during the summer helps students keep their minds fresh and retain information, which will lessen the effects of the "summer gap"--meaning it will be easier to transition back into the school year and not as much knowledge will be lost. This will help them be better prepared for the next grade level.
2. Consistent reading is the best way to increase a child's reading level, which increases their understanding across other content areas. If your child reads for just 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week, then over 10 weeks of summer vacation they will have read for 1,000 minutes!
3. Children who read during the summer are more likely to become life-long readers, because they will see reading as something to do for leisure, instead of just associating it with school.
4. Summer is a great time to cultivate a love of reading in your children. Why? Because there is little to no "assigned" reading, meaning they can read whatever they want. Experiment with various genres and series to find books that speak to them; there's a book out there for everyone!
5. It's a constructive activity that is good for their minds and gets them away from the TV.
If you need help motivating your kids to read, the internet is full of ideas for summer reading challenges and lists of suggested books for various age groups. I'd start with Pinterest to get some great ideas.
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