Summer is finally here! While your child might be looking forward to days at the pool and upcoming vacations, it’s important to help them further develop their literacy skills and avoid getting trapped in what’s known among educators as the “Summer Slide.” Unless you want your son or daughter to forget the skills they learned during the school year, we recommend creating some sort of reading plan for them to follow these next few months.
Here are some tips to consider, as referenced from ImagineLearning:
Create a book nook
Have you ever thought about making a book nook for your preschooler? We’re not talking about anything crazy — something as simple as a tent fort made from old blankets and a few chairs will suffice. Once the nook is set up, have your child bring some of their favorite books inside. This can serve as their own reading space and quiet corner during the summer.
Go to the library
This should be at the top of your to-do list with your little one this summer. Take some time after work or on the weekend to let your preschooler explore the nearest public library. Keep in mind that a librarian should be able to recommend books that match the interests and reading level of your child. Don’t forget to also check out the calendar of events at the library, which might include storytime and other educational programs for all ages.
Learn new words
Think your preschooler is too young to begin learning new words on their own? This couldn’t be further from the truth! Make a goal of learning at least one new word a week during the summer. Once your child has a solid understanding of the word, encourage them to use it in a story. By the time your son or daughter goes back to school, they’ll have learned at least ten new words!
Have them read aloud
One of the best ways to help your child build their literacy skills is to have them read aloud. So have them grab a book and read several paragraphs out loud. In the event your preschooler struggles with a word or two, remind them to sound it out and tell you what they think the word means. Not only will reading aloud be instrumental with your child’s literacy, but it will also give them more confidence in the classroom.
Explore games, lessons, and activities
If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to check out Education.com. The site is all about helping young people reach their potential in school. With more than 30,000 games, lessons, and activities, there’s more than enough on Education.com to keep your son or daughter busy throughout the summer.
Taking a closer look at their preschool reading and writing resources, you have an entire library to explore. Choose from printable worksheets, online games, guided lessons, and so much more. Activities are geared around early literacy concepts, letter knowledge, high-frequency words, and letter-sound relationships, just to name a few.
Thanks to Education.com, you can easily engage your child in the learning process. It won’t be long until your child is reading full chapters and chapter books!
Schedule Your Visit At Tiny Turtles Preschool Of Jupiter
At Tiny Turtles Preschool of Jupiter, we work tirelessly to create a unique, fun, and loving environment for our students. Now that summer is here, we encourage parents to maintain a focus on building their child’s literacy skills. Even just a few minutes of reading every day will keep your child’s mind sharp in their time away from the classroom.
Tiny Turtles is more than just another preschool in Jupiter. Using a state-of-the-art curriculum, our program units involve computer labs, reading, writing, arts and crafts, science, math, music, physical education, and much more. Everything we do at Tiny Turtles is intended to help students build self-confidence and develop a lifelong love of learning.
Of course, learning shouldn’t come to a halt once summer vacation hits! The Tiny Turtles staff is more than happy to provide suggestions for supplemental learning resources.
See for yourself what makes Tiny Turtles the top preschool in Jupiter!