With the school year about to end, your kids may decide that they are done with books for three months. However, you cannot deny the power of summer reading. Encouraging your children to keep reading even once the school year is over has numerous benefits. Let’s find out more.
Reading for Enjoyment
In this time of social media and streaming content and video games, it can be difficult to convince your children to read when they don’t have to; even so, reading for enjoyment is part of a lifelong love of reading. Summer reading programs challenge them to read any kind of book they might like and can offer them small rewards and prizes to keep their motivation high. Reading can be difficult, especially if your children struggle with conditions such as dyslexia, but when they read something like, they will be more likely to understand what they read.
Reading comprehension is important for more than just completing a book report. Summer reading can help them do better in school. Achieving higher grades will help boost their self-confidence and increase their enthusiasm for learning. Although understanding what they read is important, the true test of reading comprehension is to see if they can remember what they learned from what they read and absorb it beyond rote memorization.
Remembering What They Learned
Younger children learn all the time. In fact, learning never stops, but the more often your kids read, the more they will remember something, and that’s another way summer reading can help. They’ll have an easier time remembering what they read over the summer, especially if they are assigned books to read over the summer to prepare for the next grade level. Thus, summer reading is just as important in a transition year like fifth grade as it is before your children start their senior year of high school. Eventually, the books they read will become lifetime favorites that will stay with them even once they are adults and think of themselves as too busy to keep reading just for fun. Although tutoring programs for writing and reading are tremendously beneficial, perhaps all you need to do is to visit the local library – where you and your children can participate in summer reading together.
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