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Raising Summer Readers: Tip-a-Day series

Last summer, I wrote a Raising Summer Readers blog series with many posts throughout July and August about making reading part of kids’ everyday summer lives. Along with regular reading aloud, encouraging our kids to read over the summer is … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #33: Have a lemonade stand…and, tie it to literacy!

Summertime and lemonade stands go hand in hand. They’re an item on all my kids’ summer bucket lists that I’d imagine are a summer ‘must’ for many kids between the ages of 4-10. Lemonade stands are another great activity to … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip#32: Encourage creativity and writing this summer by inspiring your child to make his/her own board game!

This is a follow-up to Tip #31 that reminded parents to make some time to play board games this summer. In addition to playing board games, children can actually make their own board games, which promotes creativity and writing as well … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #31: Make some time for playing board games this summer — they can promote literacy as well!

Board games often get lost in the shuffle of technology and outdoor summer fun. However, they are great for down time, family bonding, promoting sharing and cooperative work, and even nurturing problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They also can promote … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #29: Use summer as an opportunity to build your child’s vocabulary!

Vocabulary is one of the strongest predictors of reading comprehension and reading success, as has been shown consistently by years of research. Parents, even more than teachers and schools, have a tremendous impact (positive or negative) on their kids’ vocabulary … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #28: Buy a canvas and some paints, find a picturesque place, and paint what you see!

If you’re looking to give your kids a break from your typical summer day in the sun, devote a morning to “painting-a-scene”, a fun way to merge artistic expression and storytelling (See Tip #22 for my simpler travel version of paint-a-scene). All … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #27: Encourage summer writing by authoring books (journals) that document growth or change occurring in your child’s life this summer.

Reading and writing go hand-in-hand — developing skills for one will help the other. Creating books about personal experiences is a great way to incorporate some writing into your kids’ summer. Personal experiences are meaningful to a child; they are also often … Continue reading

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