Reading provides a number of important benefits to children of all ages. Younger children can enhance their language skills by hearing stories and learning to read, while older children can learn more about the world around them with the help of books. That is why it is important to make sure students read whenever possible. You can use these tips as a teacher resource to help your students understand the importance of reading over the summer:
- Create a summer reading list. Elementary school students often suffer from summer learning loss, which is a lack of educational challenges that results in the loss of knowledge learned during the previous school year. Assigning a summer reading list is a great way to keep your students’ minds active during the summer and inspire academic interests before school starts. Captain Citrus’ Summer Reading List features a number of fantastic stories that will keep children interested over the summer. This list includes A Yummy Lunch by Mercer Mayer, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barret, My Florida Facts by Annie Johnson, and many more great titles!
- Provide children with fun activities. You can promote further interest in reading by giving your students a variety of reading activities to complete over the summer. Reading tracking sheets can help students keep track of their accomplishments, while a journal can allow students to write down their thoughts and opinions about their favorite stories. If you assign specific books, you can create games and quizzes for students to complete as they read each book.
- Encourage parents to get involved. Children get more time to spend with their families during summer vacation. That is why getting parents involved in summer reading activities is a great way to prevent summer learning loss without taking away from precious family time. Notify parents of your summer reading list and make sure they get copies of any activities you send home with students.
You can find more great resources and lesson plans when you contact the team here at Florida Citrus. Visit us online or call us today at (813) 379-2736.