Summer vacation is just a little over two weeks away, and everyone will be having fun in the summer sun, inshaAllah. Before you leave for this long awaited summer vacation, I would like to ask you a question. Have you heard of the Summer Slide? If not, the Summer Slide is when all that hard work that your child has put into reading throughout the school year is lost because he or she is no longer reading during the summer months. The good news is that a few actions can prevent this slide. The following are some suggestions:
- Take your son or daughter to the public library every week and borrow many books. Let your child be the guide to choosing the books. If your son or daughter is to enjoy reading, he or she needs to like what he or she is reading. In addition, public libraries have an excellent summer reading program. It is a good idea to take advantage of it.
- If transportation is an issue, and a trip to the library on a weekly basis will be hard to do, then you can use Bookflix throughout the summer months, inshaAllah. All you need to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will be happy to provide your child with a username and password. All that I need is your child’s first and last name and your child’s grade (Please note that Bookflix is for children in SK to grade 3). With Bookflix, your child will be able to read or read along with a variety of fiction and nonfiction e-books.
- Please read to your child or have your child read to you. It is paramount to keep is practice going. Not only is it quality/bonding time between parent and child, but this practice will increase your child's vocabulary and imagination, inshaAllah.