Practicing skills all summer


June 13, 1999

Editor's note: Jerdine Nolen today explores ways to occupy young minds during the summer. Her column appears biweekly.

Now is a good time to do constructive planning with your children, while the feeling of anticipation for ending the school year is in the air. With your children, begin to think of ways to fill the unstructured hours during those lazy summer vacation days. Make a list of ideas and post them in a prominent place. These projects are good ways to continue practicing skills gained or developed during the academic year.

Summer reading

* Get your child a library card.

* Establish a library day during the month/week to fit your schedule.

* Make frequent trips to the library to check out books, magazines, use the computer, etc.

* Make sure your child reads every day.

* Make sure you read with your child every day.

* Decide with your child on a list of books for summer reading.

* Create a list of books you will read aloud to or with your child.

* Keep a summer reading log.

* Subscribe to magazines for your child.

* Provide books for easy summer reading and thinking -- joke books, mazes, comic books.

* Read plays and poems aloud. Encourage dramatic and funny readings of short stories, poems and plays.

* Keep up with current events while traveling. Read local newspapers while on the road.

A resident of Ellicott City, Jerdine Nolen is the award-winning children's author of "Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm" and "Raising Dragons." She is a former teacher and administrator in elementary education, and has field-tested her suggestions on her son and daughter.

Pub Date: 06/13/99

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