Summer’s winding down and reading may be the last thing on your child’s mind. Here are some tips for getting your student back in the scholastic mode:
- Make reading a fun, everyday event. Assign a specific time for reading and make it part of your daily routine. Instead of turning on the TV, use reading as a reward after a long day or as a way to wind down.
- Make reading a family affair. Set aside a time where you are reading along with your kids. Show them that reading is not just for a school assignment, it can be done for enjoyment.
- Make reading a challenge. Henderson Libraries offer two Children’s Summer Reading programs for ages 0-4 and 5-11. There is also the “Own the Night” Teen Summer Reading program for ages 12-17. Scholastic and PBS also have similar reading challenges.
- Sign them up for their own library card. Libraries are where we are made into readers. By signing your child up for a library card, you are allowing them to have responsibility as well as opening their eyes to the world of books. But be careful, once they start reading it can be hard to get them to stop.