School is almost out for the summer, but how can parents help kids avoid a “summer slump” in reading skills?
Here are a few tips to keep kids ready for learning in the fall, courtesy of Minnesota Reading Corps, the nation’s largest state AmeriCorps program that provides trained literacy tutors for at-risk children age three through grade three.
Make reading a habit
• Read to your child for 15 minutes or more every day, at different intervals so reading becomes a routine.
Make friends with letters
• Play the “alphabet game.” Think of words that start with the same letter or the same sound, then take turns coming up with as many different words or sounds as possible.
Make words part of your routine
• Find new and different words every day and write them down, talk about their meanings and try to use them throughout the day. By the end of the summer, your child will have improved his or her vocabulary by 100 words or more.
To learn more or to tell others about becoming an AmeriCorps literacy tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps, visit www.joinreadingcorps.org.