How to Help Your Child Over the Summer
With summer break just around the corner, one of the most frequent questions I get from Parents/Caregivers is what kind of homework should my child do over the summer? This question is very challenging as the debate on homework is a very controversial one. Research from various sources has found that homework for elementary school children has no academic benefit, while junior high school children showed minimal academic improvement from homework. This debate mainly focuses on written and reading assignments that students do not find interesting. My advice to you over the summer is to try and teach your child to the love of reading.
*Set a time each day to read.
*Make a reading corner at home.
*Make books easily accessible.
*Schedule a couple of times a week to read your own books and show your child you love reading too.
*Read with your kids daily in any language.
*Don't leave home without a book. Those long drives or train rides are an ideal time to read a book.
*Be patient reading takes time.
*Don't push too hard. If your child is tired just read the pictures
*Start reading a little each day to help your child build their reading stamina. Please remember, the turtle won the race! Children need to build up their reading skills just like exercising.
*Try I Read, You Read
*Remeber just looking at pictures is still reading.
*Talk about the text:
*Tell me more… What happened…
*Did you learn anything new?
*Did you have any questions?
*Did you have any connections?