As an early childhood education center, Prime Time is committed to providing literacy activities for each and every day we share with your children. The following article will help your family in carrying this out at home as well. Happy Summer.
Reading may not be the first thing you think of with Summer finally here. But this season offers so many opportunities to put literacy activities into everyday with your child. And we couldn’t agree more and encourage you to do so—trips in the car, swimming in a pool, splashing in a wading pool or enjoying family time outdoors provide great opportunities for not only good conversations, but reading books and having fun with words. These are all skills that will help your child into becoming a more successful reader and writer later in life. Try some of these tips for making your young child’s summer full of literacy fun.
- Show your enjoyment as a reader yourself. When you read newspapers and books and write letters and lists, your young child sees firsthand just how important reading and writing are in day to day life.
- Set aside a consistent time each day for reading aloud. Choose a read-aloud time that fits your family’s summer schedule and stick to it every day. Your child, regardless of age, will look forward to this special time together.
- Connect read-aloud choices to summer activities. Read your child a book about the beach or swimming right before you enjoy a visit to a favorite spot to cool off in the summer. When you read and connect things your child has experienced, you help him learn important vocabulary and extend his understanding of experiences.
- Check out summer programs at your local public library. Libraries quite often have special story times or activities during the summer. This offers fun opportunities for your child to expand his literacy-related skills.
- Take books along on summertime outings. Pack some books in your beach bag or picnic basket, and bring a stack of books on long car rides. In this way, you and your child can enjoy books together anywhere you go this summer.