Were you a student who greeted the summer required reading list with joy and then skipped all the way to the library? I was! Unfortunately, for some kids summer reading is nothing but a burden. It hangs over their heads until just before school starts. Sometimes summer reading is tough for kids to do, and without support from their teacher it seems impossible.
Don’t let summer reading be a drag for your kids! LearningGamesforKids.com has literature games that will help students at all grade levels develop new vocabulary to help them read and understand their summer reading books. Students pick a book from the list and then play vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension games that will help them learn new words. After playing some games, they may find their summer reading both more accessible and more enjoyable.
And if getting young kids to read every day still seems like pulling teeth, try this tip. Check out a book of poetry from your local library, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is a great example. Have your child independently read one poem a day or choose a time each day to read one or two poems together. Offer the Where the Sidewalk Ends games as a choice at computer time. Your child will gain reading experience and internalize new sight words and vocabulary while having a great time. And if you stick to just one or two funny poems a day it will never seem overwhelming or burdensome—only fun.