Supporting reading development over Summer
The summer holidays provide the perfect opportunity for children to develop their interest and enthusiasm for reading. However, time away from the classroom can also cause children’s reading skills to slide before their return to school.
But how do you keep children on track with their reading amidst all the distractions the holidays may bring?
In order to keep children venturing into the world of books it’s important to get them engaged and excited to start the Summer holidays reading material of their own choice. By incorporating reading games into holiday plans you can challenge children to keep reading without it being perceived as holiday homework. It is useful to provide children with structured reading routines over the Summer as these can encourage good reading habits going forward.
This year there has been a lot of focus on the negative impact that the pandemic has had for attainment gaps and on the disparities between different groups and individuals.
We have created a Summer Reading Recovery Guide with a difference, focusing on the positive nature of reading, with materials and ideas to help you support this amazing gift in a fun way and encourage your pupils or children to get reading this Summer. You can download this using the button at the bottom of the page.
The past 18 months has posed huge challenges for parents, teachers and children alike. Children pick up a lot from their environment and the various lockdowns they have experienced throughout the pandemic have caused huge amounts of anxiety. It is, therefore, important that any children are also allowed to have some fun over summer away from the classroom.
Take the holidays as an opportunity for you and your child to explore new skills and talents. Encourage them to get involved with home-based activities they might not have tried before. Exploring arts and crafts, basic cooking or learning new IT skills can be really fun.
For children with SEND, it can be useful to divide larger activities, such as baking and decorating a cake, into small steps. This will help to ensure they are achievable and keep your child motivated. Often in school, there isn’t enough time to spend build children’s memory skills, so you may want to consider putting some time aside for guessing games and recall activities too. A strong working memory can have a positive impact on all learning and will pay dividends once your child returns to school.
Creativity is also key for helping children with special needs to learn new skills, so let your imagination run wild. You might want to write a script for a play together and act it out using props from around the house. You could invent a new recipe, ask your child to write the ingredients down, measure them out and cook it together, then chat about the different ways it could be improved.
Why not create a daily menu together to reinforce your child’s literacy learning and set up an imaginary lunchtime café or a tuck shop to include the opportunity for your child to practice their maths?
However you choose to support your child’s learning from home this summer, make sure fun is at the heart of all activities. But, incorporating some downtime is important too, as it will allow your child space to process and reflect on what they have learned and experienced over the past 18 months.