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Join Local Library Summer Reading Program
Read every day. Read non-fiction, fiction, eBooks, poetry, newspapers and read out loud. For an independent reader, 20 minutes is usually a good amount of time to read. Local libraries have a wonderful summer reading program with incentives and rewards for books read over the summer.
Read to your child-especially beginning readers but older readers enjoy being read to as well!
Before You Read a Story…
Give a short overview of the story. If you are continuing to read from a previous day, review what you read the day before, and discuss what might happen next. Take turns reading aloud; for example, you and your child can each read a page.
During a Story…
- Don’t ask too many questions or interrupt the reading too often. This helps children get fully engaged in listening to the story.
- Summarize or adapt parts of the story that might be above the children’s level of understanding.
- Ask children to imagine what they might do in a situation similar to that faced by a character.
- Ask “Why” questions to help children think about character motivations.
- Stop reading at a suspenseful point in the book. This encourages the children to get excited for the next day’s read-aloud.
- Relate the book you are reading to one you’ve read before.
After You Read a Story…
- Talk about what you have read. Books often evoke strong feelings that should be shared.
- Offer your reactions and invite the children to do the same.