(How To) Keep Your Children Reading Over the Break!

I’m taking a pause from our “Favorites of 2010” rundown, as many schools across the region—my older son’s included—will be going on winter break at the end of this week.

Of course, many children see this as a holiday from schoolwork: Why not?

In fact, Scholastic.Com quotes elementary school expert Lawrence L. Smith, Ph.D. as saying: “Just as we adults cherish our vacation days, students need a break from their routines to recharge.”

But, at the same time, holidays needn’t be a time to let reading skills slide. In fact, they can be a fun time to read new books, play new games, and for children to show off their skills.

The No. 1 thing Scholastic experts suggest? Read for pleasure! This behavior needs to be modeled by parents and other adults: We can all set aside some time to read with our children, alongside our children, or to listen to our children read for us. The website Education.Com also suggests that many children like to “show off” their reading skills for family and other adults during the holidays.

Go to a book event! In Cairo, Shorouk and Al-Balsam will continue to have reading events for children over the holidays. Check with children’s bookstores in your area (Hakawati, Buzoor) to find out what they’re up to!

Both Scholastic and writer Laura Finnegan suggest writing thank-you cards. Of course, if your children don’t receive Christmas gifts, that’s not appropriate. But they could write a letter to a faraway friend, write a postcard from a trip, if they’re traveling, or write in a journal about things happening to them over the holidays.

Scholastic also suggests turning cooking (have your child help read a recipe) and shopping (ask your child’s help in writing the grocery list) into reading activities.

Comic books are for reading! Yes, comics “count” as reading material. Even the dreaded ميكي.

And, if you do give your child a present—whether or not it’s tied to a holiday—make sure there’s a book in there, geared to their reading level and interests.

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