In Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs can Boost Children’s Learning, the authors note the positive effect summer reading programs have on kids.
Rigorous studies of voluntary summer programs, mandatory summer programs, and programs that encourage students to read at home in the summer have all found positive effects on student achievement. The combined evidence from these studies suggest that all of these types of summer learning programs can mitigate summer learning losses and even lead to achievement gains.
That is one of our goals with the Tree Fort Challenge to help our campers achieve even more. In the challenge, campers embark upon a summer full of reading in a game that rewards them for the time they spend reading. They receive bookmarks and game boards to monitor their progress and prizes for reaching reading milestones. This optional program gives the child ample time each day to develop a love of reading. But, this enjoyment does not need to end with day camp. You can keep momentum alive throughout the year with any of these tips.
Let your child choose what they want to read. Imposing reading material can quickly turn reading into a chore, but by letting the child choose the material they get excited about what they will be reading. It also lets the child explore the wide variety of interests they already have.
Help your children become experts. This is along the same lines as the first tip except you encourage them to add more depth to their reading. Everyone has a strong interest in something and your child is no different. Encourage your child to watch videos, read books, conduct research on the Internet about a subject they find intriguing.
Get a magazine subscription for them. Purchase a magazine subscription for your child and then discuss it with them. This is a great way to open their minds to new sources of reading materials. You may even want to buy a magazine for yourself that you can share and discuss with them.
Don’t forget Hollywood. With movies being created from books and books being made from movies, use the enthusiasm of all the Hollywood hype to pull your child into reading. Challenge them to read books like Hunger Games or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Then watch the movie together and discuss the movie's interpretation of the book.