Reading and writing are key skills, ones that your children will learn from a young age. And while they develop these skills at school, there is a lot you can do to help them at home too.
But helping your kids with their reading and writing at home isn’t easy. There are all kinds of distractions, and the lure of digital devices can mean that reading seems much less appealing. But even if your kids would rather watch YouTube than pick up a book, there are some great ways you can help them with these vital skills.
Check out these creative ways of improving your child’s reading and writing this summer.
Help them find books they’ll really enjoy
It can be hard to tear kids away from their devices, but one of the things you can do is help them find books that they’ll really enjoy. Finding summer reads for different ages can give you some great recommendations, while epic books like the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Narnia can really capture kids’ imaginations.
Another way you can make reading seem ‘cool’ is to get them an eReader like a Kindle. It’s a great way for kids to read books, while still feeling like they’re using a cool tech device.
Encourage them to write by recording their memories
Many kids think of writing as something to do with school – something that’s boring and dull. So why not try to flip how they think about writing? Encouraging them to write a diary or write down some of their summer memories can help them practice their writing so that they go back to school in the fall feeling more confident in putting pen to paper.
You could also encourage them to write to friends and family as a way to give some purpose to their writing.
Use fun exercises to boost their skills
If you’re going to be working from home this summer, it could be a great time to encourage your kids to do a little extra work too. Some fun exercises can improve reading and writing skills without them feeling like they’re in school. Try some 2nd Grade Lesson Plans to help you find some simple, fun activities to improve their skills. This is something that could work really well for younger children, but might take some work to get your older children to agree to it!
Help them read in other ways
If your child is showing a lack of interest in reading and writing, and you’re concerned about their progress, you need to think of other ways to help boost their skills. Encouraging an interest in cooking, for example, can get them used to reading ingredients and instructions – helping to improve their reading in a subtle way. Check out some child-friendly recipes you can make together this summer.
While learning is the last thing your kids will want to do this summer, it can be a good way to keep them occupied, while developing their interests outside of watching TV or spending time online. Try different techniques to see how you can help improve your child’s reading and writing this summer.