Executive Function Strategies Blog

Arlene Mayer Shainker

Arlene Mayer Shainker, MS, is currently an Executive Function coach and formerly was a Director of Special Education for Watertown Public Schools and Assistant Director of Student Support Services for Northborough/Southborough Public Schools in MA. Prior to becoming a Special Education Administrator, Arlene began as a Teacher of the Deaf, obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders from Northwestern University. After obtaining a Masters’ degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and a C.A.G.S. in School Psychology from Tufts University, she sharpened her diagnostic skills as a School Psychologist. She is a true believer in helping every student to understand his/her learning style to use it to his/her greatest advantage.

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Academic Coaching Tip: Active Reading Strategies for Summer Reading

School's out for the summer. Students and parents are yearning for the chance to kick back and relax. And what do schools do?  Assign summer reading!  Children balk and parents dread the ongoing battle to get their son or daughter to pick up a book. Many will say, “My child learns just as much from experiencing life outside of school by traveling, going to camp, or spending time with family. Why does it always have to be about reading and writing?”

There is a method to the madness. Research shows that one of the most valid predictors of general intelligence is a command of vocabulary. And one of the best ways to develop a rich vocabulary is to read. Furthermore, what other activity can transport you to places real and imagined from the comforts of a hammock or beach chair?

So rather than fight it, here are 4 reading strategies that will help you and your child make the most out of summer reading: