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Summer Reading Pays Off Year-Round

Summer vacation is fast approaching and so is summer reading.  Make sure your child embraces both.  Numerous studies indicate that students who don't read over the school break experience what is known as the "summer slide" -- a stagnation or regression in reading ability.  This is easily avoidable if you follow these helpful hints.

1. Let your child choose what they want to read.
2. Encourage your child to read for at least 30 minutes per day.
3. Get the whole family involved -- everyone reads on their own or as a shared experience each day.
4. Use language and reading opportunities throughout the day on billboards, menus, maps, smartphones, etc.
5. Connect reading to other summer events.  If you take a trip to an aquarium or the zoo, read a book about animals before or afterward.
6. Sign up for Summer Reading at the Hoover Public Library.  It rewards both avid and reluctant readers.

Find even more tips on the Read Naturally website.  Learn more information about the benefits of summer reading on the New York Libraries website.  Read some interviews with education researchers Harris Cooper (Duke University) and James Kim (Harvard University).

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