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5 Ways to Get Your Child Ready for School

Do you have a child who’s entering kindergarten or first grade this fall? A summer reading routine can help improve their reading comprehension and literacy and prepare them for school. With I Can Read stories, reading can also be fun! Here are a few tips and tricks to keep kids on a reading schedule this summer:

1. Make books a part of your routine. Try to carve out a consistent time each day to read with your child. It can be before dinner, at bedtime, or first thing in the morning. Go with the time that works best for your family. Reading every day will help your child develop good reading habits!

2. Choose books about characters they love. The I Can Read brand offers books about beloved characters that beginning readers will be excited to find they can read on their own — or with a bit of help. If they have always loved Fancy Nancy books, or if they are fans of the TV show on Disney Jr., you could try Fancy Nancy: Time for Puppy School. Readers will love joining Nancy and Frenchy as they get ready for school. Fancy Nancy can’t wait to go back, but she’ll miss Frenchy very much. She’s loved playing with her favorite puppy all summer. But before Nancy returns to school, the Clancys decide that it’s time for Frenchy to go to school too — puppy school!

3. Turn summer reading into a fun experience. In Splat the Cat and the Lemonade Stand, school’s out, and Splat can’t wait to visit the water park, but first he needs to make some money by selling lemonade! Read the story and then help your child make his or her own lemonade stand. Bonus points if you use the money to go to a water park. There are lots of stories that can inspire summer outings. Encourage a little Marie Kondo-ing in your house by reading Amelia Bedelia by the Yard, and then have your child help you organize a yard sale. Or, read Frog and Toad All Year (especially “Ice Cream”) and then go to your local ice cream parlor. The sky’s the limit.

4. Find books with relevant plot lines. It’s also helpful if you choose books that your child can relate to. Plenty of books focus on summer vacations, baseball games, and preparing for school. The Best Seat in Kindergarten is a Level 1 reader that offers a warm introduction to all of the excitement and uncertainty of starting kindergarten. It may even help kids know what to expect on their first day.

5. Take turns reading. If your child is used to you reading aloud to him, don’t stop just because he’s picking up steam on his own. Children learn in many ways, and reading to one another can help turn reading into a treat for both of you.

If you’re looking for more guidance, we’ve got you covered. Click here for 100 Tips for Beginning Readers.