Friday, May 24, 2013

Summer Reading

Oh, the long days of summer are here! Most of us are finished with school or are quickly approaching the end date. And a whole lot of us are looking forward to time to read for fun. For those of you looking for a little guidance when it comes to helping your children choose books to read over the long break, here's some suggestions.

1. Check out our "Read-Aloud Favorites" series. While these books make great read-alouds, they're also great for kids to read on their own. The series features dozens of authors and hundreds of titles, so it's a great resource. Check it out here:

Books for Youngsters
Books for Middle Schoolers
Books for Jr. High Students
Books for High School Students

2. Consider doing an enrichment curriculum. Ensuring that your students are still engaging with literature and academic activities is a great way to protect against summer learning loss. The following programs are great for relaxed summer days.

If you decide to do one of these programs over the summer, remember to have fun with it. Don't get too caught up in getting everything done but take it at a pace that's relaxed, allowing time for exploration of topics that particularly pique your students' interest. Many families find that they reduce the written work in favor of group discussion. If your family just likes reading together, focus on that. If you have kids who love activities, give more time to working on assigned projects. Remember all our study guides are just that, guides! They're there to make your life easier.

Also, remember the lots of free time is a gift to your children. As you think about the summer try not to over-schedule your children's time with too many enrichment activities, swim lessons, ballet and baseball camp, soccer camp, and VBS. While all of those things are good, one of the best gifts you can give your child is time to be bored. You can read more about that here and here.  

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