The Summer Slide occurs every year, all the time after school is over. Much like a typical slide, your children encounter at a playground, sliding during the summer break brings learning loss. Often, the Summer Slide progresses during the middle of the summer break. As soon as children spend time outdoors, at summer camps, or even travel during family vacations, coming back to reality is sometimes dreadful.
However, there is no wondrous remedy. On the other hand, countless experts and teachers encourage, if not, plead you to get your child to read over the summer. How do you motivate your child to read over the summer?
What is the Summer Slide Reading?
The Summer Slide is a traditional term when students are out of school for the summer but forget to continue learning or reading. Countless research showed that summer reading affects mostly low-income students. Regardless of socioeconomic status, children that don’t continue reading over the summer disengage in learning.
Suzy is like all young children. She’s interested in everything from dinosaurs to paper dolls to building blocks. But when it comes to reading, she struggles to sound out the basic vowels or letters. Her parents were so concerned, that they seek ways to encourage her to read more.
In fact, they enrolled her in different community literacy programs and local story times. To their surprise, the more Suzy was around with other children that love to read, the more enthusiastic she was about grabbing a book.
“We want to encourage students to read but not to read just anything. We want students to read books that are on their literacy level – not so difficult that they can’t process the text and not so easy that they’re not challenging themselves.” (Barringer 2006).
Struggling readers like Suzy are common when they don’t like to read. How to help them to master the essential skills necessary to begin to build a vocabulary and achieve comprehension is not easy.
Here are some ways in helping struggling readers tips to support parents:
Find out the reading level of your child
Many picture books have either designated levels or color level. Have your child read the different books until you find the right level. Or, it may be that the child is an emergent reader and needs more challenging books.
Present different types of literature
Children poetry, lyric stories, and audiobooks are few of the options kids can select from. And many stories are now available electronically.
It no surprise that children love to watch movies and then read the story. Educators can encourage reading more when they show specific words or phrases about the movie and relate it to the book.
Construct a wordbook
In relation to the theme book and movie, children can build wordbooks with synonyms and antonyms for a comparison to contrast list. Another great way in helping struggling readers is to use adjectives and adverbs to distinguish between actions and subject descriptions.
Use sequence stories or cooking books
To follow instructions or simple steps, it requires specific stories. Recipes or building manuals can help. Baking cookies can be an excellent way to promote step-by-step directions. Building blocks, construction kits, and science experiments are great ways to enhance sequence.
Inquiry about the curious young mind
Children are curious by nature. Encourage that learning by asking questions. When reading or building, ask about the next sequence of events or instructions. This can encourage prediction about the story or next steps.
Reading is an invaluable life lesson. It is so important that many communities implement programs like the ‘All Aboard The Reading Railroad’, to encourage parents to bring literacy home. And many local communities have seen an improvement in crime rates and school dropouts.
Many of these tips can be implemented easily at home or at school. And it should be in conjunction with other literacy tools. But most importantly, children should approach it with enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.
Reference books are wonderful learning tools for any learner in Spanish. Not only are picture dictionaries educational, but also they are great books to incorporate reading. Beginning readers in Spanish can find picture wordbooks an excellent source of vocabulary. Building a vocabulary is essential in learning a new language.
What are some picture books adequate for preschoolers or beginners in Spanish?
Picture dictionaries or wordbooks need to be colorfully illustrated. For preschoolers, pictures can be worth a thousand words. And picture wordbooks are a great resource for early readers for their simplicity to read and to assimilate common words.
Here are five Spanish picture books that children can learn new vocabulary.
“Mi letras favoritas” by Margarita Robleda
Learning the Spanish alphabet is more fun when in poetic form. And this storybook presents new words with pictures and rich vocabulary. From A to Z, this word dictionary is an entertaining way to learn Spanish. This book is recommended for children ages 4 and up.
“Diccionario ilustrado” by Felicia Law and Paula Knight
Theme learning is a wonderful way to introduce new vocabulary to children. This picture dictionary presents common Spanish words in a thematic format. From animals to colors to toys, this book illustrates very simple concepts. It is a great learning tool for preschoolers learning Spanish. This book is adequate for children ages 4 and up.
“Los Deportes y Los Juegos” by Mary Berendes
Children adore playing games and sports. So in this picture book, common sports like basketball, soccer, or tennis are introduced. In learning Spanish words, this book associates items and words. More importantly, these words are shown in Spanish and English. It also includes additional resources. This workbook is appropriate for children ages 4 and up.
“La Escuela” by Mary Berendes
What’s a typical day in school? This picture book shows, with its illustrations and simple vocabulary, a common school day. From riding the bus to playing on the playground to art class, this book depicts how busy school can be. It also includes additional resources. This workbook is adequate for children ages 4 and up.
“Las Acciones” by Mary Berendes
How to explain verbs to children can be a challenge. But they are merely actions. In this picture book, several scenes are presented. In each, 6 to 9 actions are depicted along with words in Spanish and English. This is a great way to associate the subject with a verb. This workbook is appropriate for children ages 4 and up.
Find these great books at your local library, bookstore or Amazon: Children Books. And read them with your kids. Add them to your home library today.