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As the school year ended, my daughter’s teacher reminded us about the Summer Slide. She stressed the importance of reading with my child each day during the summer.
Well, between a little travel and some whining it’s been difficult to get my children to read.
But then I found out about a new reading campaign happening in South Florida.
ARE YOU READY FOR THE #READ30 CHALLENGE?
The Children’s Trust Launched the #Read30 Campaign Encouraging Families to Read Together 30 Minutes Each Day.
The Children’s Trust is challenging South Florida families to join the #Read30 movement and close the summer reading gap.
The social media campaign is happening now through August asking parents and caregivers to read with their children for 30 minutes each day.
The campaign is an extension of The Trust’s Read to Learn initiative, aimed at increasing the number of children who read at or above grade level by the third grade.
#Read30 is a social call to action for parents, families and mentors to snap and post photos of themselves reading with their children using the hashtag #Read30.
All you have to do is:
Pick out a great book and read it with your child.
Read to them. Let them read to you. Talk about what you’re reading.
Snap a selfie of you and your child and post your picture to Facebook, Instagram (set to Public viewing) using the hashtag #Read30.
Once completed, download your certificate of achievement.
Read, Snap, Post, Share – Join the movement with Local Mom Scoop and Local Kid Scoop because when kids read, we all succeed.
After posting a photo, campaign participants will be connected to a host of literacy resources for children of all ages available at their local library branches.
By practicing and sharing positive habits daily, this community-wide effort will help children succeed in school and in life.
“Reading achievement can typically decline an average of three months in summer and the best way to prevent kids from losing that kind of ground is to keep them reading, which is what #Read30 intends to do,” says James R. Haj, president and CEO of The Children’s Trust. “The campaign adds an element of fun to spark some excitement around reading so kids learn to love it and before you know it, they’ve become star readers.”
5 Ways To Help Your Child Make Reading Fun
Teachers, parents and caregivers can help children succeed in school and in life by reading with them every day. Following these simple guidelines, in addition to reading together every day for at least 30 minutes can make reading fun:
- Create a home library of children’s books.
- For very young children, select books with faces, animals and objects to point to and talk about.
- Read in a fun voice, using different intonations for different characters.
- Talk to the child and answer questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to the child’s responses.
- Talk about the words on the page, letter sounds and how we read from left to right and from top to bottom.
DID YOU KNOW THIS SCOOP?
The importance of summer reading is far-reaching. Children who read for 30 minutes daily are more likely to read at grade level by the third grade. This increases the likelihood of academic and professional success.
According to a 2010 report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “reading proficiently by the end of third grade can be a make-or-break benchmark in a child’s educational development.” Until the end of third grade, most children are learning to read, but beginning in the fourth grade, they are reading to learn.
For more information on The Children’s Trust and the Read to Learn initiative, please visit https://www.thechildrenstrust.org/read30.