When I think of summer vacation, I have visions of popsicles, playing in the sprinkler, lemonade stands, long summer evenings and lazy days reading in a hammock. As an educator, I know that for struggling readers, reading is often the last thing on their mind when they think of relaxation. But, I also worry about summer learning loss or “the summer slide”. On average, students lose one month of school learning during the summer vacation. For students with dyslexia, the loss is likely even greater and will be more time consuming for them to regain than their peers. However, children with dyslexia have worked very hard all school year long and should definitely make time for fun and play. Striking a balance is key.
It is tempting to “take the summer off” from tutoring, but in many cases, summer is a good opportunity to increase the amount of one-on-one tutoring your child is getting in order help them take a leap forward. Work with your tutor to schedule a time that allows your child to do activities important to them. Perhaps first thing in the morning is easiest, so they don’t feel interrupted. Or maybe early evening after day camp is a better time. If they need a break, consider taking a week at the end of the school year and a week before the new school year starts to recharge, but continue tutoring during the rest of the summer.
2. Make friends with your Librarian
Your local library is one of the best summer resources around. Most have a summer reading incentive program and special summer programming with crafts and special guests. Work with your children’s librarian on helping your child reach their reading goal. Reading to them, listening to audiobooks (ear reading) and reading on their own should all be able to count toward the goal. Set aside a day each week to visit and check out books.
3. Make a routine
Make daily reading a part of your family’s routine. Reading to your child, having them read to you or having “Family Reading Time” (everyone puts down their phones and picks up a book at a certain time each day) all help to ensure that reading doesn’t fall by the wayside on busy summer days.
4. Anything counts
Don’t hesitate if your child wants to read easy books, comic books, or listen to audiobooks. All of these are going to help their development as a reader in different ways, and they all have value. Podcasts are another great way to expand vocabulary and broaden your child’s knowledge about different topics.
5. Go Thematic
If you are seeking summer reinforcement, CHECK HERE FOR SUMMER RESOURCES. For all resources related to Orton-Gillingham for teachers, tutors and homeschoolers, GO HERE for Orton-Gillingham resources.
|PLAY GAMES THIS SUMMER!|
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REGISTRATION OPENING SOON! ATTEND “Building Readers For Life”. This is the FIRST Literacy Nest online conference and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. This online conference features twelve presenters during August 5-9, 2019. You don’t have to present that week to attend. All those who sign up have SIX WEEK ACCESS to all video presentations and conference handouts.
What will you learn about in Building Readers For Life?
During The Literacy Nest Conference, we will dive into topics relating to:
- Phonemic Awareness
- Strategies for blending and segmenting
- Dyslexia Advocacy
- Strategies for challenged writers
- Strategies for reading comprehension with challenged readers
- Morphology integrated into Orton-GiIlingham lesson plans
- Multisensory math techniques
- Incorporating movement into structured literacy lesson plans
- Online dyslexia therapy
- The social-emotional side of dyslexia
- Strategies for dyslexic students in the classroom setting
- And much more!
If you aren’t around the week of the conference, no worries!
Sign up to attend and you have six weeks to watch the videos and download the handouts. This conference is for families and educators who’d love to learn more about the structured literacy approach,, so PLEASE help me spread the word.
I’m so excited to continue my journey with structured literacy with all of you this summer.
Register for The Literacy Nest Online Summer Conference today!
I hope you have a wonderful summer!