Avoiding the Summer Slide

Reading is the top way to keep your child academically on track over the summer, and the library is here to help, with an updated summer reading program.

“One of the ways that we’ve done that is to track daily reading instead of minutes read and that encourages children to make reading a daily habit and encourage them to enjoy reading and practice that on a daily basis,” said Stephanie Rivera Director of Child Services at the Naperville Public Library.

This years summer reading theme, Every Hero Has a Story, utilizes the library’s goal of making reading a habit by encouraging kids to gain valuable skills while being entertained.

“Reading really practices their reading skills and it’s very fun, recreational way for children to learn more about their environment. So we encourage kids to choose books they love because that further motivates it as a habit,” said Rivera.

Books aren’t the only way to keep your student sharp, taking their hobbies and finding reading material around that helps kids want to read.

“It doesn’t have to be a really thick non-fiction novel on something they are not even interested in. Comic books are still reading, graphic novels are really fun, consider magazines especially ones that pertain to their interests. There are even some on Minecraft, or Discovery Girls is a good one, or if your child loves dance there is Dance Spirit Magazine,” said Shannan Younger, a local mom and Blogger.

If your summer schedule calls for something a little less structured, try working daily tasks and errands into a learning experience for your child.

“Think of places you’re going anyway, something like the Farmer’s Market, Naperville has a great one and a bunch of different grade levels can learn a lot from the Farmers Market,” said Younger. “Really young children, you can start out by talking about colors of the different fruits and vegetables and different textures, corn is bumpy, the apples are smooth. Older kids even starting around middle school have them make dinner, give them $20.00 and tell them to go wild, with parameters of course. It’s a great exercise in what’s a balanced diet and how to budget and the added bonus is you get a great dinner out of it,” Younger said.


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