Tips to Avoid the Summer Reading Slump

Guest contributor and MobiStories.com producer Wendy Toone, offers great
tips this week on how your kids can avoid brain drain when they're out
of school.

It's Summertime! Yipppee! Time for swimming, trips to the beach, camping, and all sorts of "no more school" activities. However, many
kids suffer from a backward slide in their reading development when
reading activities wane over the summer months.

Students can lose as much as three month's worth of reading level during
the school break. Research shows that younger elementary school
students rarely make up deficits in reading once they fall behind.
Conversely, students who read during the summer could end up three
months ahead, too.

Children will benefit more if their reading activities are fun and not
looked upon as 'homework.' While reading books is important, games that
use letter-recognition, alphabetizing, syllable, rhyming and rhythm
skills can keep kids' reading skills sharp without cracking open a book.
If you have a road trip or plane excursion planned, use that travel
time wisely. Here are some games to try when traveling on summer
vacations:

Continued at Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology

Jen

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