Summer is officially here so let’s make it one for the books! Sure, school is out, but the learning never stops. In fact, it’s a great time to help your child learn to read and beat “summer slide” — the tendency for children’s academic progress to decline over the break. By consistently working to improve your child’s reading skills, you can help your child boost their cognitive development, grasp abstract concepts, think logically, recognize cause and effect, inspire creativity, and so much more.
Even if your child is too young to identify the words, Zero to Three recommends letting them turn the page or talk about the illustrations. Try using silly voices for different characters. Encourage them to draw what they imagine — or make a book of their own! The more you engage your child in reading games and other fun literacy activities for kids, the more they’ll want to keep exploring books and learning through reading.
By bringing books along throughout the day – at meal times, in the car, or right before bed – you can easily incorporate more literacy into your child’s routine. To help you get started, we asked Primrose parents to share their favorite books with us and compiled the 2016 Primrose Schools Summer Reading List. Take a look!
Age 0 – 2
Age 3 – 4
- Dr. Seuss’ ABC Book
- Llama Llama Misses Mama
- If I Built a House
- Hugaboo, I Love You
- The Pout-Pout Fish
- Dragons Love Tacos
- Wacky Wednesday
- Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana
- Giraffes Can’t Dance
As you complete each book, ask your child questions like these to help nurture comprehension and critical thinking:
- What is on the cover of the book?
- Why do you think the author wrote this story?
- What is another way the story could have ended?
- How were the characters alike or different?
- How did a problem in the story get resolved?
- If you could change one part in the book, what would it be?
Interested in taking your reading adventures one step further? Check out this blog post with “5 Tips to Strengthen Early Literacy Skills.”