Parents Should Encourage Children to Read Over Summer Break
Parents should be involved in all aspects of their children’s education. Studies have shown (and are very obvious to teachers) that active involvement from the parents will result in higher achieving students. Parents can demonstrate and promote reading at home over the summer. Books of interest can entice children to want to read. The more children read the better readers they become. The library can be the best resource for finding interesting summer reading. Parents encouraging summer
Working at the library, we often get asked for book suggestions. While we're delighted to help you select the perfect summer read, we thought that we might also share some of the books that the staff here in Excelsior is currently reading. Are the following titles good? Most of us haven't finished reading them yet, but these books were certainly interesting enough to catch our attention.
It's summer time! Ever since I was a kid and participated in the Summer Reading Program, and later as a student, I loved that I could read as much as I wanted, when I wanted, and what I chose to read. That was all the incentive I needed.
Independence Day is past, summer has begun its downward spiral to August, and alas, the dreaded time known as Back to School. That time that seemed an impossibly long way away back when school let out in May is coming, and it will be here before you know it.
It may seem surprising that even though babies cannot read, MCPL delights in having them involved in the Summer Reading Program. MCPL knows what smart parents, educators, and researchers know; it is never too early to start reading to your children.
Last week, I was sitting at home and reading in my favorite chair: a blue leather (yes, this cow was a rare blue cow) recliner, feet up, and dog jockeying for her place. It made me wonder, "what are my coworkers favorite places to sit back and open up a book?" So, I took a survey. Simple questions- "When you read at home, where is your favorite place to read? And why?"
I got some simple answers, and I got some not so simple answers. But, it was fun to read. So here are the answers, without names. I promised not to publish the names.
So now that the Summer Reading Program is over, I am trying to decide what to read my two-and-a-half year-old. During the summer, I was grabbing pretty much anything that came in the library that looked interesting and that might make a toddler sit down for a little bit. But now, I would like to be a little more selective and work on teaching him some literacy skills, such as his alphabet and counting.
While many of you may be moaning and groaning, back-to-school is a great time at the library! All the kids who were too busy to visit over the summer suddenly start popping up again. I have parents come in asking for the books you were required to read over the summer, and lots of questions about what to read. You are in luck! There are fans of teen lit at every branch just dying to answer your reader's advisory questions.
Some of my top recommendations this August? (I admit, they are heavily influenced by "Required Reading" lists.)
The kids are off to school, the weather is getting cooler (I can pretend, right?), and you're looking for some new reads. We thought that we'd share some of the books that the staff here at the Excelsior Springs branch is reading.