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Julie Wood is a literacy expert and an educational consultant. She is also an advisor for PBS KIDS Island. Read more »
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Once upon a time, in a world before the Internet, smart phones and other wireless devices, there were books. And you'd go to the library all summer long and check out seven or eight at a time. You'd head for a shady spot under a tree, or a hammock if you were really lucky, and devour all sorts of books,from The Borrowers, to Mary Poppins, to Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
For me, it was entering into the world of Island of the Blue Dolphins, oblivious to the day of the week or chores that needed to be done. And whatever else I was doing over the summer, I'd be sure to find time to read. Ever since I learned to read, books were my touchstone -- from age 5 throughout the rest of my life.
Now, of course, children have a wealth of books to choose from, many of which are even more entertaining and reminiscent of a larger world than those we had back then. From DK Eyewitness books to Harry Potter, children have a mind-boggling assortment of fiction and nonfiction choices.
As parents, one of our major roles is to make sure that children set aside time every day to read - to read for pleasure, for information, for the vicarious thrill of living in an imaginary world. Why is this so important?
The good news is that if children read just six books over summer vacation, they will likely avoid summer reading loss. Here are a few ideas for reaching--and going beyond--this six book goal:
I truly believe that encouraging your child to continue flexing his or her reading muscles over summer vacation is the single most important thing you can do to help develop literacy learning. What do you think? How do you promote summer reading?
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