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Summer Reading Part One
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by Julie Mooney, Boys Town High School Teacher

tags: Connecting with Kids, Family, Parent-Child Relationships

Summer Reading Part One

Reading is a lifelong skill that benefits students of all ages. As a teacher, I have seen that a student who is a good reader will be more successful in almost every subject in school. This is one learning area that children can continue to work on all summer. And it can be fun!

The goal is to encourage your children to read and improve their comprehension as well. You can help with this easily.

Here are some tips on how you can do this:

• Read with your child. It will help your child improve his or her skills while creating special memories.
• Choose stories to read together.
• Listen to each other read.
• Take turns reading a chapter (or even a page) aloud.
• Talk about what you read.
• Ask kids what they would do if they were the characters in the story.
• Discuss what you all think will happen next.

When children share their thoughts about a story, you can informally check for understanding. It will also help your child to think about what they are reading, a skill important for improving reading comprehension.

Where can you read? Anywhere! Curl up in a comfy chair or read a chapter together at the table after dinner. Throw a blanket over a couple of chairs and make a reading fort to go on a reading adventure. Lie down under a tree and let the birds listen too! Curl up together before bedtime. Just turn off the television, put down your mobile device and read!