Summer reading strengthens students’ skills

Toledo Blade (OH)
One Maumee reading teacher’s easy-to-implement ideas to keep children reading through the summer are bound to remove the feeling that it’s a job for parents to get their kids to read and a chore for youngsters to do so. She wants parents to remember that children don’t always have to be reading formal books."Encourage them to read signs, or menus, or different things they see," she said. "It’s important to make it fun, too. The more access they have to books, the better." That means not merely placing books on the home’s bookshelf. Put them throughout the house, such as in the kitchen, bathroom, as well as in bed, living, and family rooms, she said. And there are better ways to foster a love of reading in a child than to have him or her sit in a chair at her desk to read or to stay in his room to read.

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"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo