We are very excited to collaborate this summer with Univision Educación in partnership with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote the importance of summer reading and explain Common Core standards.
That includes a series of appearances on Univision’s highly-rated national morning show Despierta América. L4LL co-founder Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. shares tips to help parents and students combat the so-called Summer Slide where students can lose up to 22% of what they learned during the school year during summer vacation.
L4LL 5 Tips to Prevent Summer Reading Loss for All Readers
- Find ways to include activities and projects that boost literacy skills: Some examples include challenging your child to write letters (not email!), poetry, or creating a family history album with in-depth stories about family members.
- Educational apps: Look for those that develop reading and writing skills such as story builders.
- Embrace audiobooks: Did you know that listening to stories improves reading comprehension and teaches grammar and sentence structure?
- Keep your students engaged by varying the subject matter: Studies show that reading mysteries can improve reading comprehension and reading the Great Books improves empathy.
- Give them access to books: Take them to the library, the bookstore, give them eReaders, stock your tablet with eBooks!
L4LL 5 Tips to Prevent Summer Reading Loss for Older Students
- Incorporate technology: Instead of game central, turn your tablet into educational central with access to eBooks and eMagazines.
- Use incentives smartly: Don’t pay your kid to read. Do recognize her hard work and efforts at the end of the summer with something she’ll enjoy. L4LL is giving away up to 20 Chromebooks and Google Play gift cards to tweens and teens who complete our summer reading program.
- Start a book club: Reading can be more fun when you read together. Invite your child’s friends to participate in a book club over the summer and meet every week or every other week to discuss or share books.
- Create a Reading Space: Let your child create her own reading nook in the house and encourage her to personalize the area.
- Avoid boring books!: Teens want stories that capture their emotions and to which they can relate. Check out our specially curated L4LL recommended summer reading lists of U.S. Latino children’s authors and illustrators.
Click here to read the article and tips in Spanish, as well as watch the Despierta América interview in Spanish with host Satcha Pretto and L4LL co-founder Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. This broadcast aired on June 18, 2014.