It’s no secret. Children across the U.S. are excitedly counting the days until the end of the school year. For many, the last day of the year will be just before Memorial Day. For others, especially those having to make up some of the extended winter’s snow days, the last dismissal bell may be scheduled for sometime in early or even mid-June. Perhaps this year more than ever, children (and their parents!) are really looking forward to the sunshine, warmth and free time that the coming summer will allow.
With all of this anticipated fun just round the corner, how can parents keep young minds engaged over the next few months so that their children won’t experience the dreadedSummer Slide, a term often used to describe the loss of learning when young minds sit idle during the three months away from school for summer vacation?
It can be more than a little challenging to ask children each summer day to daily work math problems or to read a non-fiction book a week from the first day of the summer break until Labor Day. Such suggestions just might be met with protests and resistance, unless the children are naturally avid readers or little math whizzes. However, you canpair brain-sharpening games and activities with reading and math content to keep those little (and larger) brains fully engaged all summer long. What’s more, we’re going to help you do it!
This week we have collected a list of links to more than a few reading games(categorized according to grade/age level) that will help your children enhance their reading skills AND have fun doing it. Isn’t that what the summer should be about? The use of the resources here will also enable them to have a little more structure to their daily schedule and help them appreciate more the unstructured or personal free time they’ll have, too.
It is so important to keep children reading and learning in some fashion all year long—even during the summer vacation time. “Motivating children to read throughout the year is essential to building lifelong readers,” says Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. “And reading is the doorway to all other learning.” So check out our reading game resources provided for you here, choose the ones that might work best with your children and then watch them enjoy reading and learning ALL summer long. They’ll be SO ready for the next school year if you do!