The “Summer Slide” has become a familiar term to those who work in education as well as parents. What is the Summer Slide? Essentially, it’s the academic loss that children experience over the summer holidays. I’ve often been asked by parents at the library how to prevent their children from experiencing the feared “Summer Slide”
My advice is simple- “Kids who read succeed!”
But how do you incorporate reading into a daily activity in the summer without it seeming like school? I’ve had this dream of creating a book club for my son and his friends. With visions of them reading a book each week and then meeting to discuss our thoughts and feelings over a pitcher of lemonade and cookies. When I proposed this to my son, the horrified look on his face said it all. He also reminded me that Greg Heffley’s mom from Diary of a Wimpy Kid also tried to create a book club for Greg and his friends.(This is just going to prove his point that I am very much like Susan Heffley)
It would be wonderful to walk past your childs bedroom and see them curled up with a book each night. Or even see them turn off the TV and curl up on the couch. Truth is, this doesn’t always happen. Reading incentives work. Summer Reading Programs around North America are created on this premise and they are successful because of it. So, in addition to visiting a library and having your child sign up and participate in one of these fantastic programs, why not also provide a reading incentive at home. Here’s my example:
Using stickers, or stamps, have your child mark the different places he or she has read for at least 20 minutes. The only rules are that only one square can be marked each day, and the reading should be a book at their level (no board books for a 12 yearold for example) for at least 20 minutes. Once the “bingo card” is full, have your child choose a fun family activity that you can do together as the “reward”. You can create more cards to get you through the summer holidays by coming up with ideas for new places together.
I adore books by Emma Dodd. They have such broad age appeal and work well for my two’s group as well my preschoolers. What Pet to Get? by Emma Dodd is the featured book in this program.
In this story time we discuss what we think would make the best pet? Is it a Dinosaur? A Bear? What about a T-Rex or a Rock? The majority of the books above all deal with unusual animals as pets, I especially love Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown and Silly Doggy! by Adam Stower which has a great twist in the end.
Of course you could sing the traditional songs: Bingo, How much is that Doggy in the Window, I have a dog and his name is Rags. But I love this unusual one below….
Albuquerque is a turkey,
And he’s feathered and he’s fine.
And he wobbles, and he gobbles,
And he’s absolutely mine.
He’s the best pet that you can get,
Better than a dog or cat.
Albuquerque, he’s my turkey,
And I’m awfully glad of that.
Albuquerque, he’s my turkey,
He’s so cozy in his bed,
Because for our Thanksgiving dinner,
We had scrambled eggs instead.
It always makes the kids and their parents smile.
I’ve done a wide array of craft activities with this program, but I think the overall favourite was when we created Pet Rocks. The children decorated them, made a home for their pet out of egg cartons and gave their pet a name. I heard about their “pet rocks” for weeks after this program
I originally posted these ideas for Holiday Book Giving on my other blog but thought I’d share them here as well……Christmas is quickly approaching and as I began my shopping today I thought perhaps you’ve started as well! Christmas is my favourite time of year and this year I am looking so forward to the smell of mulled apple cider, and our fresh pine trees, the sounds of my favourite Christmas album, and the crinkle of wrapping paper.
Below are my top recommendations for the book lover’s in your life. If you click on the tags and shop through the link on Amazon you’ll also be supporting this blog (and me) I hope the lists are helpful. It can be a challenge shopping for someone else. If you need a more personal recommendation just leave me a comment or send me an email.
I’d love to hear about the books your giving as gifts this Christmas!
Be sure to share these lists with friends, co-workers, and family!
Everyone could use suggestions for Holiday Book Giving!
Fall is my favourite season of the year. The temperature is getting cooler, the leaves are changing, Thanksgiving and Halloween are on their way. I saw this Fall Bucket List on pinterest and I just had to to share it with you
Full credit goes to www.tinkerlab.com for creating this wonderful list of things to share with your family in Fall. The only activity missing is curling up with a great book!
Which activity are you looking forward to the most? Share it in the comments.