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Fun summer reading tips in Tahoe Truckee

Laura Brown
Special to the Sun

For our local kids, summer has finally arrived. The last day of school is Friday, June 23.

That means summer fun is right around the corner with lots of sunscreen, swimming, playing, and reading? Even though it might be tough to get the kids to take a break, sit down, and curl up with a good book, it's important to keep the reading going through the summertime.

Research shows that kids can lose up to three months of reading skills during the summer if they don't continue to read regularly. So, whether it's a picture book, comic book, a magazine, or a novel — try to carve out some time this summer for your kids to read. Here are a few tips on how make reading fun and interesting.

10 Tips for Summer Reading

Read aloud: Even if your child is old enough to read by him or herself, reading aloud together is a powerful tool in motivating your child to read.

Let your child choose the books: Plan regular trips to the library and let your child choose books of interest.

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Listen to Your Child Read: Once a child learns how to read, it's important for parents and children to read aloud together. This gives the child the opportunity to share new skills, and gives the parent the opportunity to praise their progress. Focus on the positives.

Be a reading model: Show your child that you enjoy reading. Children often mimic parent behavior. You can have daily family "D.E.A.R" time — Drop Everything And Read.

Talk about experiences: While you're out on an outing or errand, talk to your child about what you see. These discussions will build good vocabulary and enhance your child's understanding of concepts. Ask questions that inspire creative or critical thinking. For example, "Why do elephants have trunks?" or "What makes trees grow?" By doing so, it helps stimulate curiosity — a necessary factor in successful reading.

Have a reading campout: Set up a family tent, or create a fort out of sheets to create a fun reading environment.

Keep a summer journal: Create a summer journal and tape in souvenirs, ticket stubs, or pictures of your family summer activities. Have your child write the captions and read them aloud as you look at the book together.

Get cooking: Have you child help plan and make a meal. Writing the grocery list, and when reading the recipe use both reading and math skills.

Listen to audiobooks: Listen to an audiobook when on a summer road trip. Or, turn off the TV and listen to one as a family.

Summer reading program: The local public libraries have fun, summer reading programs with incentives and interactive events. They are free to participate – sign up today!

Laura Brown is Executive Director of Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation