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Benefits of Summer Reading

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 9:47 PM

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In past blogs I have addressed the importance of keeping a summer routine. One constructive way to fill time over the summer break is to read with your child. Many educational experts agree that the best way to avoid your child losing ground over the summer months is by reading-reading to them, listening as the child reads, or both parent and child reading a book together. When children have an opportunity to read and talk about books, they learn important language skills and vocabulary that will help them in the coming school year. There are all kinds of great summer reading programs already in place if you look in your area. Checking out the local library for "story-time" would be a great place to start for those of you who are interested in this option.

In the next couple of posts, I'll be discussing tips and suggestions to create a summer reading program in your home to encourage both spending quality time with your child and help maintain academic progress over the summer months.


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Search Institute has identified reading for pleasure as one of the 40 Developmental Assets for helping young people be successful. If you aren't familiar with their work, you should check them out. There is a local initiative called Cape County THRIVE that is also promoting the Developmental Assets.

-- Posted by sdtaylor on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 8:35 AM


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Shannon is a licensed professional counselor and a national certified counselor and owner and clinical director of Tender Hearts Child Therapy Center in Cape Girardeau. He and several therapists at the center specialize in treating child and adolescent mental health issues in Southeast Missouri and work with parents using family therapy to develop parenting/discipline skills to deal with misbehavior and defiance. In his blog Shannon provides education on children's mental health topics and uses a question-and-answer forum for local parents to ask questions related to his field. For more information or to reach Shannon, visit www.tenderheartschildtherapycenter.com