Listening is a treasured skill and can often be a forgotten skill if not practiced. Teaching children to listen and creating times when active listening happens can really help a reader’s mind grow.
Sometimes your kids would rather be outside, right? And, sometimes, so would you! There are lots of fun ways to bring reading to the outdoors.
One easy way is to create a reading space outside. Maybe it’s just a quilt and a couple pillows, or a lawn chair where you can kick back and relax. What about just laying out a beach towel, throwing up a tent or even finding a good tree to read in its shade? Any of these ideas would entice a child to bring a good book outdoors and enhance reading enjoyment.
You’ve just finished packing the car for your 8-hour trip, and you can barely fit the kids. You are on the road for about 20 minutes and you hear those dreaded words: “ Mom, I’m bored…”
“If you don’t use it… you lose it” is a phrase we’ve all heard before. If you're a baseball player perfecting your swing and you take the summer off without practicing, your batting average is bound to be affected. It’s the same with school. If you take the summer off, your academics will surely take a hit. As educators we refer to this as the “summer slide”.
The end of the school year is fast approaching. Get ahead of the summer woes about reading. Take a peek at the ideas below to help your child stay engaged all summer long.