Summer is here!

Below are a few tips to help encourage literacy this summer and to keep those language synapses firing.

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E-Readers:

Make the most of your e-reader by subscribing to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited or a similar service where your family can check out 10 books at a time.

Library Day:

As wonderful and convenient as an e-reader may be, holding a physical book and turning the pages stimulates additional connections in the brain.

And for the tactile learner, paper books are a must.

So you may want to visit your local library on the same day every week so that your children can anticipate the joy of reading. Bring book bags and let each child choose his/her own books. Children thrive when they are allowed to take ownership over their own learning, so be sure not to judge their literary choices. Easy-reader books build confidence in struggling readers so even if the child is older, let the choices be his/hers.

Architecture Day:

On our website, under the heading “This Weekend,” we list 5 activities that strengthen neural connections. For example, “Cityscape” encourages observation of one’s environment, provides opportunity for learning about local history, can be enjoyed by a variety of ages at the same time, and strengthens visual memory.

To Do Lists, a Summer Journal, even Secret Messages that are passed under the door all help to encourage summertime literacy.

The No Talking Hour: 

Write notes or Learn American Sign Language here: http://www.handspeak.com/. If you allow your child to chose the words that are significant and have meaning to him/her, retention will more readily occur.

Café Day: 

Everything on the menu that day begins with the first letter of the child’s name. Or, take 5 weeks (Monday through Friday) to cover the entire alphabet. Have the child plan and write the menu, including illustrations and the name of his/her cafe.

More resources from our website:

Reading to your child every day, on purpose, changes everything. The impact this one simple act can have on your child’s learning is immeasurable. Visit our website article “Reading with Your Child” for more information on brain development and reading.

Enjoy your summer!

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