It’s summer time and with it comes sunny days full of hours ready to be spent getting lost in the pages of our favorite books! Summer is a great time for students to discover pleasure reading and understand that learning can be an adventure! To help encourage your students’ parents to provide the right resources and prevent summer slide, here are our top four tips on how to promote summer reading in young children: 

1. Discover What Children Like to Read.

Children must be taught that not all reading material is the same. Just because a child doesn’t like one genre of required reading in the classroom, doesn’t mean they won’t love a different type of story they discover on their own! Encourage parents to take children to the library and let them explore everything from graphic novels to eBooks. Regardless of the resulting favorite, children will find what appeals to them most and parents can foster that love by helping them find similar resources.

2. Make Time to Read Together!

Summer allows more time for parents and their children to read together. When children see parents reading, it provides them with a reading role model and will make them more likely to get started flipping those pages! Whether it’s story time or reading respective stories, having parents schedule 15 minutes in their day to delve into another world is a great way to promote summer reading! 

3. Don’t Make It “Required.” 

Many times, when children read the word “required” they automatically cringe, thinking the activity is going to be boring. Instead of seeing summer reading as drudgery, teach parents to get creative with their approach. Some ideas include:

  • Have parents read the same book with their child and use fun discussions at the end of each chapter to go more in-depth with the material.
  • Take themes from the books they are reading and bring them to life through dramatic play!
  • Supplement reading material with films, games, field trips and more!

The possibilities for summer reading are only limited by a parent’s creativity! 

4. Get Social.

Reading can be an experience that’s shared! Children love to be a part of groups, teams and clubs. Starting a book club is a great way for children to share their ideas on plots, characters and what they’ve learned from the material. Whether it’s meeting in a tree house, library or at a park, bringing children together through books is a fun way to work on student collaboration and how they express their ideas. 

If you’re looking to throw a digital spin on things, suggest that older students start a Facebook group to determine when the group will meet and which books will be discussed. 

We hope you’ve found these tips for parents helpful! If you’re searching for materials to support students’ summer reading, you’ll find a range of free resources here: http://www.kaplanco.com/summer-reading.