The Importance of Summer Reading

It’s hard to believe, but summer break is almost here! At Compass Star Montessori, we encourage year-long learning through the opportunity of reading throughout the summer. Reading should be an exciting discovery for the child, and when this happens, they can develop a lifelong love of books. Summer reading is also the best antidote for the ‘summer slide,’ minimizing learning loss during the school break.

Here are some tips for integrating reading into your child’s daily summer activities:

  • Check out the summer reading programs at your local public library. They’re a great resource to get books into the hands of your child and inspire them to complete their summer reading list.
  • Play family board games to encourage reading, or introduce your child to beginner word puzzles, such as crosswords or word searches.
  • Let your child select books that are guided by their own interests and inspirations.
  • Read a recipe and cook something delicious together!
  • Encourage writing, as well as reading, by assigning your child to be the family “List Maker.” Have them write down items you will need from the grocery store, camping lists, or even animals they would like to see at the zoo.
  • Create a comfortable reading space within your home, or encourage your child to read on a blanket in the yard or under a tree.

When you encourage sustained summer reading, your child can learn new skills, while keeping their minds engaged throughout the break.

Have a fun and safe summer everyone, and we will see you this fall!