Kids Life Tuscaloosa May/June 2021 - Page 14

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5 TIPS FOR KEEPING KIDS READING THIS SUMMER

By Sarah Lyons

School is out for the summer and the kids are finally able to sleep in , play outdoors more , and take a break from homework . While the free time is enjoyable , kids often turn to screens or other activities and let their reading skills slide while on summer break . How can you stop the “ summer slide ” from happening ?

CREATE A BOOK CLUB
Two people reading a book at the same time can be considered a book club . Pick a book your child would like to read or an old favorite from your own childhood and read it together . If you have multiple children that are about the same reading level , this can be a great way to get everyone involved .
SEE THE MOVIE
Check out what books are becoming movies this summer or those that are already available on DVD and choose those books to read with your child . A reward for finishing the book will be watching the movie together .
BE A ROLE MODEL
Parents who enjoy reading often have children who enjoy reading . I notice if I sit down in the living room with a book instead of turning on the TV , my tweens will often find their own spot to relax and read near me . If I turn on the television , we all end up watching it together . Set a good example for your kids when it comes to reading . It isn ’ t just for schoolwork , it is a fun hobby as well .