The end of summer vacation is quickly approaching for our children heading to school. Along with relaxing, playing and staying up late, I hope your children have been reading.
If you answered, “Well, I want to give my child a break”, then check this out -- according to Reading Rockets (funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs), “The research is clear that children who don't read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect.”
Get the entire family together and take a trip to the local library. It’s never too late to start brushing up on your reading skills and it is more fun as a family. Have your children choose books that are of interest to them, as this will make the experience more pleasurable.
For younger children, focus on picture books that you and your child can enjoy reading together. For older children, have them read independently and then discuss the book with you after each chapter they read. Also, be sure to be a good role model for your children by reading when they are around. Choose to read a book or magazine or newspaper -- or simply let them see you reading this article on the Patch.
Parents “R” Talking, Inc. and Kane/Miller Publishing have teamed up to offer a special prize to the person who submits the best story about their all-time favorite children’s book and why. The person who submits the most heartwarming or entertaining story will receive a beautifully illustrated book, "Seasons" by Anne Crausaz, and a 30-minute Phone Support Session with Rebecca, the president of Parents “R” Talking (more than a $65 value).
Rebecca will answer your questions ranging from pregnancy to adolescence, including advice on how to tackle behavioral and educational issues (e.g., sleep training, potty training, discipline issues, talking with your child and getting your child to open up to you).
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to gain some wonderful advice and win a lovely book! Leave your story in the comments section below and we will announce the winner at 2 p.m. next Saturday on the Parents “R” Talking Website. (Click here for official contest rules.)