Tips for Supporting Summer Reading

IUSD Tips for Supporting Summer Reading

Through IUSD’s Parent Education Program, IUSD’s Literacy Department recently hosted Parent Literacy Events for Title I schools to encourage reading over the summer.  During the in-person and Zoom meetings, IUSD’s Director of Literacy Jackie Guy, and Categorical Programs Coordinator Mona Montgomery, shared tips for supporting reading over the summer. 

In addition, all PK-6 grade students at Title I schools will receive a "Spend Your Summer Reading" book bag with age-appropriate Scholastic books and supplies before school ends to assist students in reading and to practice their literacy skills over the summer.  

Tips for Supporting Summer Reading!

Our families play an important role in laying the foundation for success in school.  There are simple, everyday activities that can impact student achievement in reading, writing and math this summer.  Below are seven helpful tips for parents to help support at home:

  • Read at least 20 minutes a day with your child. Yes, this includes the weekend too! In the early grades, this could include you reading to them and by first or second grade, they can read to you! 
  • Visit the library or use some of IUSD’s online reading resources to get books in your home. 
  • Find books that interest your child!  Common Sense Media can be used as a resource when previewing books for your child. It is a great resource for reviews on books and movies. 
  • Bring books with you everywhere! This could include leaving a bin in the car so children have access to books when on the go. 
  • Read together as a family! Create a routine that works for your family’s schedule and read together. This could be before bed, in the morning or after school. Find a time that works for your family!
  • Ask children what they are reading about. Ask questions about the characters, setting, or any conflicts that the main character might be having. You can even keep a reading log for children to write down details or a quick summary about what they are reading. 
  • Encourage and celebrate! Set goals together as a family and celebrate when those goals are met. For example, you could go to ice cream after your child reads 10 books. Celebrate and recognize reading at home!

If you would like more information about how to support your child in reading, please contact your child’s teacher. You can also contact the Literacy Department for any resources you can use to support reading at home.