It’s summertime, school is out and no more homework yaaay! I know most if not all children across this country have been shouting those words ever since the beginning of June. Even though are children are out of school most parents still have to go to work which means if our kids are not in a summer camp or visiting family members for the summer they will be at home surrounded by televisions, computers, tablets and phones. So how are we going to keep our children from wanting to be on the computer and in front of a t.v. all day and immersed in a book. Well thanks to the internet which can be a blessing and a curse at the same time there are plenty of ideas and suggestions you can choose to implement in your house to get your children to want to read, as a matter of fact I have provided a list right here on my website which gives 10 ways you can get your child to want to read but, the key is consistency. So whatever you choose to promote reading and literacy in your family just make sure you do that all of the time. This is when you will see your child’s attitude change about reading. Remember though, we can stress emphatically to our kids that we don’t want them on their phone or tablet all day and they better read a book but, if they don’t see us reading it will go in one ear and out the other. So again, my advice that I keep stressing consistently is, when you tell your child to “Get off the computer and pick up a book” make sure they see you doing the same thing as I am reminding you I am reminding myself. Let’s keep working together to help combat illiteracy and the “I hate reading” attitude in our youth.
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents-Emile Buchwald
First I wanted to say that I am so proud of my 8 year old daughter for putting this quote on our computer as a screensaver. I didn’t tell her to do it she made that decision on her own. So I said to myself, wow she is really appreciating how I’m stressing at home that “reading has to be more important than watching t.v.”-Dr. Francis Cress Welsing. I understand though this is easier said than done especially now since as parents we are competing with computers, phones, tablets, video games and of course television. Oddly enough though, even through all of this technological advancements we have seen and will continue to see, is that countless studies have shown that children who value reading have parents who value reading. So my simple reminder to all of us as parents and caregivers make it point to read in front of your children. Let’s make sure that when we tell our children it is time to turn off the t.v and read a book that we are leading by example.
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LET’S STOP THE SUMMER SLIDE TOGETHER!
Have you ever heard of the “summer slide”? Well, if you thought a new ride at Cedar Point or a new dance like I did, that’s not it. The “summer slide” is when children who come from low-income households which are typically black and brown children start to lose a lot of the academic gains especially in reading while children who come from middle to high income households make academic gains. Unfortunately, by the fifth grade this summer slide leaves children from low-income families 2 or 3 years behind children from high-income families. Now, I know you are wondering how could this happen especially since in the summer all kids are out of school regardless of their economic background. The dismal reality is most children whose families cannot afford summer reading or math camps, or they aren’t able to go on enriching summer vacations, or they simply don’t have enough healthy foods to eat and books to read these are just a few of the things that contribute to the “summer slide.” Now that we all are aware of what the “summer slide” is it’s time for us to prevent it from happening.
Here are 5 Great ways we can combat the “summer slide”
- Take your children to the library once a week. I started off with the library because it is free and they have tons of resources for your child. Most libraries if not all have summer reading programs, information on different activities that are going on throughout the summer in your area, and of course books. Remember you want your children to be exposed to books as much as possible especially in the summer.
- Have a scavenger outside. This is cool because they help build your child’s problem-solving skills and they are also getting plenty of sunshine at the same time. Click on the link Scavenger Hunt Fun so you can get all types of scavenger hunt ideas.
- Let your child find a delicious recipe and take turns reading the ingredients as you are cooking together. This idea is really awesome because first you are letting them be in charge of something and you are also doing shared reading and guess what math is involved because of all of the measuring you will be doing together.
- Play I spy games a lot. This is a great way to develop and strengthen your child’s listening, speaking and critical thinking skills. For example, when you’re outside you could say I spy with my little eye something tall with green at the top and brown on the bottom they may naturally guess a tree but, actually you were referring to the truck across the street from your house.
- You and your child take turns picking a different location for you to read to them before bed. This one should be really fun and exciting because you really can get creative. For example, you could make a tent or a fortress using sheets and blankets, then grab your flashlight and your favorite book. Let your child come in your room and they could read you a story before bed.
As you can see these are just a few ideas that could help us defeat that “summer slide” so, if you have any ideas please share them on my comment section I would love to hear about your ideas.
There are four types of readers that were identified in a research article called Profiles of Motivation for Reading Among African American and Caucasian students by John T. Guthrie, Cassandra S. Coddington, and Allan Wigfield. There was a wealth of information in this article but, the main thing I wanted to share with you all was the four types of readers that were identified in their research. I thought this would be helpful because when you can identify what type of reading traits your child has then you will know if your child is doing great when it comes to reading or if they are struggling and that they may need some reading intervention.
Avid Reader: These Readers have both satisfaction of being intrinsically motivated for reading and is responsible when it comes to school readings. This group will have the strongest reading comprehension.
Ambivalent Reader: These Readers have a profile of possessing intrinsic motivation for some texts but, not for others. An example of this, is they will read deeply in non school contexts like magazines, texts, e-mails, computer games but, won’t read text books, novels or informational books.
Apathetic Readers: These readers are low when it comes to being intrinsically motivated to read and they are also low on avoiding reading because they will read if they are threatened with failing grades, or suspension and reading is still boring to them.(Smith, Wilhelm, 2002)
Averse Readers: This group does not want to read anything at all.
Information came from ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Journal of Literacy research 2009 Jul 1