Free Activities to Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss

 Summer Reading Lists

Literacy is the single most important skill that your child needs to be successful in school. Here are some ideas for ways that you can help your child discover the great adventures of reading!

  • Establish a time for reading each day. Ask your child about what he or she is reading. Try to relate the material to a summer event or to another book.
  • Let your child see you reading for enjoyment. Talk about the great things that you discover when you read.
  • Choose books from the reading lists below or head to the library and explore. To choose a book, ask your child to read any page aloud. If he or she does not know more than a few words on the page, the book may be too difficult.
  • Read newspaper and magazine articles, recipes, menus, maps, and street signs on a daily basis to show your child the importance of reading for information.
  • Choose a nonfiction book to read or reread with your child. Then, have him or her pretend to be a TV reporter, sharing the “news” of the book you read. Encourage your child to relate details and events from the story in the report.
  • Make up stories. This is especially fun to do in the car, on camping trips, or while waiting at the airport. Encourage your child to tell a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Or, have your child start a story and let other family members build on it.
  • At the library, challenge your child to find examples of different types of texts, including poems, plays, biographies, and myths from different cultures. Can he or she point out similarities and differences?

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