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Tips to Encourage Reading

Young student reading

"Summer reading gives children the opportunity to practice the language arts skills they developed during the academic school year, prevents learning loss, and promotes a habit of lifelong reading," said Sara Ridder, Far Hills Country Day School Library and Media Specialist.  

According to a study, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement, children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer.

What happens if you have a hesitant reader? Fret not! Ms. Ridder has some tips for parents to help encourage their children to read over the summer:

  • Act as a role model and read in front of your children. 
  • Set aside a time each day for reading.
  • Continue to read to children even after they can read on their own. 
  • Take turns reading to each other.
  • Allow children to pick out their own books. 
  • Provide a variety of different reading materials, including non-fiction, magazines, and even audiobooks. 
  • Encourage activities that practice reading skills, such as cooking directions and game instructions. 

Opportunities to read are everywhere. Including on Far Hills Country Day School's YouTube channel! Students can listen and read along as friendly Far Hills faces read them some of our favorite stories on our Bedtime Story playlist