It’s officially summer and though it’s time to hit the beaches and plan family vacations, it is also imperative to hit the books. It is proven that children suffer from “summer reading loss” when they are not working their brains the way they did during the school year.Â Summer reading loss refers to the decline in children’s reading development that can occur during summer vacation times when children are away from the classroom and not participating in formal literacy programsÂ (Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2003). So as parents we have to be consistent when it comes to setting a time during the day (each day) to read with your child. Here are a few suggestions to keep those creative minds going throughout the summer:
1. Make reading fun!! You don’t necessarily need to dig your head into a book to work your child’s mind. A good ol’ scavenger hunt that is cognitively provoking and entertaining.Â One of the great things about scavenger hunts is that you donâ€™t have to spend time making and hiding clues. The players search for things that already exist.
2. Library visits. Libraries always have great reading programs during the summer months with awesome incentives. Check your local library for more information.
3. Choosing the right books. I have 5 children who all read at their appropriate ages for their grade. It is important to find books that is appropriate to their level and for a positive challenge, find books to a level up. Choosing he right book will keep reading interesting. I believe giving a book to a child below their reading level is actually more stunting than not reading at all as well as boring.
4. Record their reading. Logging the progress of your child’s will encourage them to read more. An example of log recording can include a weekly book report.
5. Communication. Talking to your children challenges them mentally and strengthens relationships with them. So get talking!!
There are so many ways to provoke a reader. What are some of your ways to educate your child this summer?
Forgiveness can be a very difficult thing. In most recent times in my life, I have experienced acts of forgiveness that has convicted me. My oldest daughter, Raymiah was picked on for weeks on the school bus. Every other day, she would express her anger and frustration about the little girl who has been bothering her. The last confrontation resulted in Raymiah being suspended from riding the school bus. We had enough, so my husband drove Raymiah to the little girl’s house and talked with her parents. They explained theirÂ exasperation saying they have transferred their daughter 3 times already because she continues to pick on other children. As the adults form a solution, Raymiah and the girl talked and became friends. My husband was shocked! Raymiah said that she told her about Jesus and that she can know Him. The girl then expressed interestÂ and they have been friends ever since! All the girl wanted was a friend!
This incident has taught me so much about forgiveness and second chance. Many people who you think may be out to cause you harm may be in a state of desperation and friendship. We must put our feelings aside and show there is always a better way… JESUS!! Raymiah, in her loving child-like ways led the girl to Christ and had forgiven her. The same girl who called her insulted her and made her cry was forgiven and became a friend. Daniel 9:9 says, “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;”. God in all His mercifulness can forgive us despite our insults and shame,so we have that same ability to forgive others.
The heart of a child is so simple and pure and I pray daily, that God mold me in that same manner.