Because I am both a ‘Mommy’ and an educational consultant, parents and teachers often ask me: What can I do as a parent over the summer (or suggest as a teacher) to help kids be ready for school in September?
It is tempting to google ‘getting reading for Kindergarten (or whatever grade your child is going into) and download pages and pages of worksheets. That’s overwhelming for a parent and not fun for a child.
There is a simpler and less stressful way to keep reading and writing going throughout the summer.
Here is it: Join your kids in reading and writing projects and most importantly MAKE IT FUN!
This summer my daughter, Ariana, and I have decided as part of our weekly schedule to have what we call ‘Enjoy Read’ and ‘Enjoy Write” time. I purposely use the word ‘enjoy’ because not only do I want my daughter to see reading and writing as enjoyable, but it also reminds me to make it fun and stress free.
For our ‘Enjoy’ Write‘ time we have been coming up with a bunch of different stories. One is a story about Ninja kids and how they save different animals from dangerous situations. As you can see below, I am joining her in this project. I invite her to write or draw some of the parts (the best she can) and I write and draw the remainder. (Ariana is in Kindergarten but no matter how old your kids are, they will you love you joining them on a writing project.) I have discovered that the more I join her, the more willing she is to take a risk and write/draw more of the story.
For our ‘Enjoy Read’ time, I choose to read one book to Ariana and she chooses one book to read to me After we read them, we talk about them together (Even if your child isn’t reading the words yet, he/she could choose a book and ‘read’ the pictures to you). We’ve had loads of fun choosing books and then surprising one another with our choices. See our choices below!
Thanks to Mo Willems, Ralph Fletcher and so many others who write engaging, beautifully crafted books for kids of all ages.
Moms and Teachers: I would love to hear from you in the comments below! What questions or concerns do you have? Do you have other ways that you engage your kids in learning during the summer?