As an English teacher for over twenty-five years, I can swear to you that it is of the upmost importance that your child reads during his or her summer vacation. Trust me on this, please. There are many reasons to justify my stand on summer reading:
The School May Require It
Many schools have required summer reading. Often a test or a report on the summer reading is the very first English grade for the new school year. Make sure your child starts off on the right foot.
It Takes You Places
In today’s dire economy, parents cannot always afford to vacation where they want to go with the family. Use a good book as your travel machine. Let your child fall into a book and he or she may end up in Africa on a safari, in California surfing, or in England at a pastoral castle riding a horse while sheep graze in the fields.
More reading equals a better vocabulary, and a better vocabulary equals better tests scores, and a better SAT test score equals a better college, and a better college equals a better job. Read to increase your vocabulary, the benefits will be amazing.
It’s Hot Outside
Come inside where it is cool. Get out of that summer heat. Stretch out on your bed or on the couch and read a good book while the air conditioning quietly hums.
They Won’t Get Rusty
If the kids take the entire summer off with no educational or academic stimulation, they could get rusty. Keep them sharp for the new upcoming school year.
When I was a young girl, the summer book mobile would come by the house and we would pick books. We kept track of how many books we read and then were rewarded with reading badges. I miss the book mobile. You can, however, make summer reading fun for your kids.
Make a big production out of going to the library or going to the bookstore. And go frequently. Let them read whatever they want. Read with them. Have them read aloud or quietly. But whatever you do, insist that your child or children read as much as possible this summer. The benefits will truly change their lives.