Five Ways to Cultivate Fearless Summer Readers

Written by Pam Allyn

Huffington Post

Founder and Executive Director, LitWorld & LitLife; author; literacy and education expert and advocate1.

1. Affirm your child’s strengths.

2. Follow your child’s lead.

3. Provide access to many reading types.

4. Invite your child to join communities of readers.

5. Read aloud.

The five recommendations that Pam Allyn are excellent ways to stay clear of the “Summer Slide.”  Just because school is on summer break does not mean that reading should be on a break.  Children who read during the summer will sustain reading progress, and even increase reading level, setting them up for success when school resumes.

The fifth suggestion to Read aloud, is based on recent research and is a new thought to me. Makes sense.  Reading aloud to students is always an important component of literacy in my classroom.  Reading to children, aloud every day, during the summer, will give kids an advantage over those who are not read aloud.


About Prairie Garden Girl

I am a wife who is adored by my Sweet Perry. Together we are parents to five boys and grandparents to seven unique grands. Pa Perry and Oma Sue love instilling the love of learning in the hearts of Johannah, Joshua & Jaxon; Henry & Charlotte and Lily & Lane. I am a reader. I am an aspiring children's picture book writer. I am a creator who sews and paints with acrylics and watercolors and sketches with colored pencil. I am an educator to hundreds of students, throughout the years. I am a cyclist on a pink Marin Portofina, and a 5K jogger. Perry and I are organic gardeners and enjoy homesteading on the Illinois prairie. Life is a beautiful ride with my Sweet P. Together, Perry and I feel life is a journey filled with joy. We want to live our lives by leaving the world a better place.
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