SUMMER READING TIPS FOR PARENTS
Reading is one of the most important things a child can do in summer to keep his skills sharp for the next school year
Adults can help by making sure children have lots of access to books and by engaging with what their children are reading. Here are some ideas from the National Summer Learning Association and Sylvan Learning:
READ: Spark Your Child’s Imagination
There's no better place to turn those pages than under a tree or on the beach, and kids and parents alike know
that reading is one of the things that sets summer apart. Taking the reading adventure beyond the classroom is
a great way to find new friends!
ENRICH: Your Child’s Reading Experience
Become a reading role model. When you spend time reading books on the beach or even directions for how to
put together the grill this summer, you demonstrate for your child that reading is both fun and useful.
Set a reading routine. Depending on your family’s schedule, reading time might be in the morning, afternoon or
before bed. Whatever time you choose, stick to it, but also remember that flexibility around trips and special
family events is okay. Let your child make his reading choices. In the summer, let kids choose the age
-appropriate books they want to read.
Now’s a good time to encourage reading about topics they don’t get a chance to study during the school
year, to explore new interests, to discover new talents, or to delve into old favorites.
Encourage your child to savor the book he’s reading: Don't race through a book—take time to enjoy it. Try to
read just a little bit each day and appreciate the finer points of a book.
ACHIEVE: A Rewarding Family Experience Read as a family.
It’s so easy to schedule family reading night. Take a half-hour –or longer if you want –and everyone brings a favorite book.
Read favorite parts aloud. Serve chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy one another’s company.
Set goals, reward effort. Reward reading with more reading. Stop by the library or bookstore for the next book
in your child’s favorite series, or let your child shop for it online.
Read the book. Watch the movie.
Few things make kids feel more “superior” than comparing and contrasting a
movie to the book it’s based upon. “That’s not the way it was in the book!”
Let them explain the differences, talk about why a director made those changes, and then talk about which version they preferred.
DISCOVER: The Joy of Reading Visit the library This is already a school-year routine, but don’t forget to keep it up during the summer.
When kids have their own library card—just as you do—and use it regularly, they quickly see that reading plays an important role
in their family and in their lives. Take books along on outings. Pack books in your beach bag or picnic basket, and bring a stack on long car You and your child can enjoy books together anywhere you go this summer
The Tomorrow Center respects and reveres individuality while reaching towards each child’s unique potential. Our purpose is to build a strong academic and social foundation for all students enabling them to communicate and contribute effectively and responsible within their community. We have several new programs implemented: Fast Math, Read 180, Scholastics Math, After school Enrichment, family literature nights, and Study Island. Each program is designed to assist and increase student learning.