Summer Tips: We Put the “Lit” in Elementary Literacy

Wednesday, June 29th – Alli Boyer, Youth Services

Elementary Literacy Tips for Summer

It’s no secret that children can experience a summer slide in regards to their literacy skills.  Without the structure of school, and with busy summer schedules, it’s easy to put reading on the back burner.  But never fear! There are simple steps you can take to help keep the children in your life on track!

Let’s start with some basic literacy tips you can practice at home:

1 . Establish a routine. Read with your child at least 20 minutes a day (at the same time every day).
2 . Be a reading partner. Ask questions about the story while you’re reading, read aloud and track words with your finger, be patient and encouraging.
3 . Encourage involvement. Let your child have a role in selecting what books you read.  For pre-readers, encourage them to make their own choices about picture books.  For independent readers, allow them the independence to choose reading materials based on their interests.  Sign them up for a library card!
4 . Make a special reading spot.  Choose a calm, comfortable place free from distractions (like toys and electronics).
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Make it a game. Encourage your child to read to an audience of stuffed animals, pets, or siblings.
6 . Model expectations.  Children mimic the behavior they observe.  Encourage literacy skills by showing off your own!

For some more reading tips and book recommendations, check out this Scholastic article!

Here are some ways the Cape Girardeau Public Library can help you and your child fight summer reading regression:

1 . Come to storytimes! Preschoolers (ages 3-5) on Tuesdays at 11 am. Infants (ages birth-1) on Wednesdays at 11 am. Toddlers (ages 1-3) Thursdays at 11 am.
2 . Participate in our Summer Reading Program.  For more information and to register for programs, come visit us at the Youth Services desk or check out capelibrary.org 
3 . Register for summer tutoring. United Way’s Read to Succeed tutoring will be offered for ANY child entering grades 1-4.  For more information, contact: robin.koetting@unitedwayofsemo.org
4 . Sign up for a library card! There is no minimum age to have a library card! A parent or legal guardian will need to sign for any child under 16.

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