Due to the lazy summer days, it may be a difficult time to keep student’s focused more on books and less on the beach, especially those days leading up to the new school year. Some students lose up to two months of learned studies throughout the summertime. The following strategies can be used to keep a student on track and engaged for the upcoming school year.
1. Connect the books the student is reading to different summer activities. If a student is reading an informational piece about famous swimmers, take them to the nearest pool and practice some of the strategies in the text. If a student is reading a text about camping, set up a tent in the backyard and complete different activities that you would participate while camping such as roasting marshmallows for smores or reading a scary story with a flashlight. During the warm summer nights, you can catch fireflies and have the student find more information on them by visiting the library or using a computer.
2. Read a book together that is connected to a movie. Once you and your student have finished the text, plan a movie night together. This is also a great way for the student to analyze the difference between the text and movie without realizing they are actually doing it. They may say things such as “wow, that didn’t happen in the book” or “That house wasn’t the way I pictured it.”
3. When going on a trip or even just down the street to the park, bring a handful of books with you. If you are on vacation and the weather takes a turn for the worse, reading a story can be a great way to pass the time on a rainy day.
4. Become a publisher! Have your student work on creating their own book. Find a genre that the student likes the most and read a few of those texts. The student can then create an outline of the different story elements they wish to include in their writing. They can read different texts throughout the summer to continue to develop their own story. This is also a great resource to use when students need to complete their book report prior to the new school year.
5. Sign up online for a summer reading challenge. There are many programs today that allow students to participate in summer reading challenges to sign up online, record the books they read, and even win prizes.
6. Have your student keep a reading or writing journal. The students can write about trips they took, books they read, or summer camps they went to. This process keeps students writing throughout the summer months.