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Summertime and the readin’ is easy. Or not. No doubt, your children have a book or two (or more) on their lists to complete before they head back to school - but how will they retain that information and make the most of the juicy learning opportunities ahead?
As students advance through school, learning becomes increasingly dependent on their reading abilities. Effective and consistent reading is important to sustained learning and enhances students’ self-esteem, confidence, and motivation.
Now is a great time to learn some strategies that will help your kids engage, connect, and recall their summer reading. We’ve whipped up a fresh batch of BDA (before, during, and after) reading strategies to try out while the pace of daily life is less hectic, offering a chance to find some new ideas to use in the coming school year.
Before Reading Strategies are intended to activate your child’s existing background knowledge so that they can connect it to the things they read in the text.
During Reading Strategies are meant to help your child pace and improve their reading while also monitoring their understanding.
After Reading Strategies allow your child to reflect and respond to text.
|I feel like (character) when I...||Have I read something like this before?||Does this remind me of something in the real world?|
|If that happened to me, I would...||How is this book similar or different to other books I’ve read?||What events in this story are similar or different to the events of the real world?|
VISUAL REPRESENTATIONS: Visual expression may appeal to children who struggle with sentence formulation or have an artistic flare. Give your child the option of creating a visual representation of what they have read using any artistic medium (i.e., pencils, markers, paint, clay, collage, etc.). Your child can demonstrate their understanding in forms other than writing to further reinforce their reading.
Summer is a great time to build active reading skills. Start with just one or two of these suggestions so your child won't feel overwhelmed. Consider modeling these strategies for your kids in your own family summer reading book club. You’ll be building skills to start them off strong after the popsicles have been eaten and the sidewalk chalk has been washed away for the season.
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Rebecca Metzger M.S., SLP-CCC, TSSLD is an Executive Function coach with Beyond BookSmart. She is a New York State licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who has worked with general and special education children in the school setting for over five years. Her areas of expertise include reading, writing, auditory memory training, and EF skills development. Rebecca is particularly passionate about teaching organizational structures, strategies related to planning, prioritizing, and time management, and tools for task initiation and increased attention. In recent years, she has also worked with corporate executives on presentations, TEDx talks, and book submissions.
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