Books, Education, Kids

Summer Reading for Kids

May 28, 2012

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Although it is still spring, summer is really here isn’t it?! Diego has a week and half left of school and I am trying not to freak out about how I will keep him and Santi entertained while Jordi is still an itty bitty baby!

Reading is always going on in our house but with no school during the summer, we must remember that reading levels and skills can go down during the break. Although Diego is reading well, we don’t mind taking out everything from “baby books” or board books so that he can read to Santi, to books above his grade level so that we can read to him (Spanish books too). I plan on pulling out these books shown above to make that connection of all the wonderful activities summer has to offer, to show them the things we will be doing and of course, to encourage their love for reading.

We will be reading about soccer, baseball, going to the beach, going to the zoo, taking vacations and star gazing. My favorite book above is Summer by Alice Low. I love the rhyming and I love to hear Diego finish the sentences for me. The pictures are beautiful and it pretty much covers everything one can do over the summer. All the books by Mo Willems are favorites of ours too and Trixie takes a special trip to Holland in Knuffle Bunny Free.

Our only travel plans this year is to go down to the shore late this summer for an extended weekend. But I’ll remind the boys and myself, “reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are”. And remember, it doesn’t matter how old your child is or what they choose to read. A quick trip to the library or book store will help them discover new interests and you might be surprised how often they’ll ask you to go back. Click on any of these books to view or to order!

Your friend,

Betty

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3 Comments

  • Reply Sleeping Mom @ Sleeping Should Be Easy May 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    That’s awesome that you’re still making reading a priority during the summer! I read somewhere that students often have to do “catch up” work in the beginning of the school year and waste potentially a few weeks and months because they have to relearn everything they forgot in the summer. My kiddo isn’t in school yet but I always told myself that once he is, I’ll make sure that summer still includes some sort of “school work” so that they don’t lose their skills. Practice makes perfect, right?

  • Reply Nancy June 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Im very happy that Melina has a great interest in reading. She picks books on her own and reads them in her spare time, so amazazed at how fast she reads books once she sits somewhere to read she does not want to stop, and we will defanetly take lots of trips to the library this summer. Christy is in first grade and she is reading pretty fast now and she seems to show more interest day by day, I really hope that she likes reading as much as Melina does. I will focus in Spanish reading since they will both take Summer Spanish classes. Im excited to spend a lot of time with my girls this summer, we don’t have a vacation planned but as long as we are together doing silly things we will have an amazing summer.

    • Betty
      Reply Betty June 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      I’m so glad for two things Nancy, that your girls love reading and that they are taking Spanish this summer!! Bravo!!!!! Let me know how it goes! xoxo

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