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Make Summer Matter-Encourage Your Child to Read

May 14 2013 12:00AM



BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- (Marketwired) -- 05/14/13 -- Summer is here and for most kids that means leaving classes and homework behind. But summer isn't the time to let learning or reading go on vacation!

"It's extremely important that all young people keep reading during summer," says Gary Huggins, chief executive officer of the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA). "Researchers attribute more than half of the ninth-grade achievement gap in reading to unequal summer learning opportunities during the elementary years."

Here are some tutoring tips to help ensure your child enjoys a good balance of free discovery, play, leisure and learning this summer:

READ: To Spark Your Child's Imagination

- Become a reading role model. When you spend time reading books on the beach or even directions for how to put together the grill this summer, you demonstrate for your child that reading is both fun and useful.

- Set aside a consistent time each day for reading. Depending on your family's schedule, reading time might be in the morning, afternoon or before bed. Whatever time you choose, stick to it! Consistency is key to building good habits.

- Enlist the help of a tutor. A skilled and qualified reading tutor can create a custom learning plan that addresses your child's unique needs.

ENRICH: Your Child's Reading Experience

- Let your child make his or her own reading choices. In the summer, let kids read whatever they want (within reason and good sense, of course). Now is a good time to encourage reading about topics they don't get a chance to study during the school year, to explore new interests, to discover new talents or to delve into old favorites.

- Encourage your child to savor the book he or she is reading. Don't rush through a book - take time to enjoy it. Have your child stop and think about what he or she is reading. This will develop his or her analytical skills.

- Keep your child motivated and engaged with extra support. Sylvan's tutoring centers offer a personalized and supportive learning environment that can boost your child's confidence and help set the foundation for a lifelong love of reading.

ACHIEVE: A Rewarding Family Experience

- Set goals and reward effort. Reward reading with more reading. Stop by the library or bookstore for the next book in your child's favorite series, or let your child shop for a new read online.

- Read the book. Watch the movie. Few things make kids feel more "superior" than comparing and contrasting a movie to the book it's based upon. Let them explain the differences, talk about why a director made those changes and then talk about which version they preferred.

DISCOVER: The Joy of Reading

- Visit the library. This is already a school-year routine, but don't forget to keep it up during the summer. When kids have their own library card and use it regularly - just as you do - they quickly see that reading plays an important role in their family and in their lives.

- Go online for ideas. There are lots of websites for kids' book choices. A rainy summer day is the perfect time to get online and get exploring!

"Strong reading skills are incredibly important for all subjects in school," says Richard E. Bavaria, Ph.D., senior vice president of education outreach for Sylvan Learning. "The more children read, the more they'll enjoy reading, and the better readers they're likely to become. There's no better way to turn those pages than under a tree or on the beach, and kids and parents alike know that reading is one of the things that sets summer apart."

To learn more about Sylvan's tutoring programs, visit us on the web or call 1-800-31-SUCCESS.

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