Summertime means warm temperatures and long lazy days in the sun.  For many kids, it is a welcome break from the rigors of going to school every day.  But, the lessons learned during the school year should not be forgotten all summer long.  Research clearly shows that children who do not read over the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress.  The loss is cumulative and can have long term effects.  As a parent, you play a critical role in your child’s education during the summer months.

Here are 10 weeks of activities from the Reading is Fundamental website that includes reading and reading related skills. There is no special order, and you don’t have to do everything listed in a particular week. Just pick the ones that look interesting and fun!  The most important thing to remember is to keep reading fun over the summer!

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father and daughter reading

Learning to read is a challenge!  This challenge is due in part to the structure of our English language.  Words such as “rough”, “cough”, “through” and “bough” all contain the same /ough/ pattern, but each word is pronounced quite differently.  It is no wonder that many children have a difficult time learning to read!

We all know that words are made up of speech sounds (phonemes) and the awareness of the speech sounds in words is the foundation for learning to read.  Beginning as early as the age of four, children can learn the sounds of our language through language play known as phonological awareness.

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