Home Literacy Ideas

Don’t let Summer Brain Drain get you down! As promised, here are a few home literacy activities you can do to help avoid summer learning loss!

1) Grab a beach ball and write the following questions:

What is the plot of the story?
Who are the characters in the story?
What is the setting of the story?
How could you relate this story to your own life?
If you were the author, what would happen next?
Compare and contrast two characters in the story.

Toss the beach ball to your child. Answer the questions your thumb lands on!

2) Encourage your child to read! He or she can read the material found on cereal boxes, soda bottles or candy wrappers! This is both informational and promotes good reading practice.

3) Have your child help by reading recipes as you are cooking!

4) Be silly! Let them spell words in the air using their elbow, finger, foot, etc.

5) Use the letters of your child’s name to form different words.

6) Have your child pick a picture from a newspaper or magazine, and write a story! Be creative!

7) Place Newspaper Hide-and-Seek! Ask your child to think of a common word.  Have them search the newspaper for that word and highlight it.  For younger children, have them find a certain letter.

8) Enlist your child’s help in making the grocery list! Let them write down what you need.

9) Does your child have a favorite athlete, movie star or musician? Encourage them to write a fan letter!

10) Play hopscotch! Have your child say the names or sounds of the letters as they land on each square.  For older children, have them jump on letters to make different words.

These are just a few ideas out of many!  Have fun, be silly and let loose!  Happy summer reading!

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  1. Great ideas! I’m going to try some of these!

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