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Summer Reading Challenge

By the time this article goes to print, your child will probably uttered the following statement a dozen times by now…”I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” Our children look forward to summer vacation as early as June 1st. But, by July 1st, they miss everything about school. Well almost everything. They certainly don’t miss the homework.Summer is a great time for children to read. They have a lot of uninterrupted time that they can dedicate to a book and it is an activity that doesn’t require a lot of space or preparation. As well, it gets them ready for September, when classes begin again. Public libraries offer many activities and programs that our children can enjoy that parents should take advantage of. In Toronto, Canada, one such program is called Leading to Reading. Students meet volunteers at the library once a week for one-to-one help with their reading, writing or homework. They read together and play learning-related games and activities. The program builds the children’s confidence and motivation.

Leading to Reading is a free program for children who are reading below their grade level or need help with their homework. Children are encouraged to learn and practice their skills in a fun environment. It is open to children in Grades 1 to 6 who can communicate in English. Check your local library in your area for similar programs.


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